Throughout recent years, the San Francisco 49ers have had a shaky situation going down at the safety position. Dashon Goldson was the questionable heir apparent and Michael Lewis was the strong safety at one point. Goldson did eventually pan out, but he was seemingly always in a contract year and he also always managed to put up just as many lowlights as he did highlights.
Personally, I've been waiting for the 49ers to draft a new safety high for almost five years now. No, Taylor Mays does not count. Unfortunately, the draft has been barren when it comes to safety depth for a long, long time. Finally, that's set to change.
Matt Elam is just one safety in a class that legitimately has, in my opinion, at least four first-round safeties (talent-wise). He made waves with the Florida Gators this season as a big-hitting, playmaking safety, and led the Gators to one of the top defenses in the nation. He trails only Kenny Vaccaro in the race for the top safety in most scouts' eyes.
NFL Draft 2013: Matt Elam prospect profile
Niners Nation | Feb 11