The San Francisco 49ers drafted the “Mr. Irrelevant” in the sixth round, selecting Penn State defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields with the 220th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Castro-Fields was expected to go earlier in the draft, immediately making the pick a value pick late in the sixth round, even though the position isn’t necessarily a need for the organization.
Castro-Fields, who is 6’0 and 197 pounds, tested extremely well at the NFL Combine, running a 4.38 dash for 40 yards and earning a 9.74 Relative Athletic Score.
The 49ers were busy on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, taking UTSA offensive lineman Spencer Burford with their fourth-round pick to pick No. 134, Toledo defensive back Samuel Womack with their pick. fifth-round pick No. 172, Fordham offensive lineman Nick Zakelj with his first sixth-round pick pick No. 187, and UCF defensive tackle Kalia Davis with his second sixth-round pick at 221.
Castro-Fields struggles to defend against the run, which is part of the reason he fell in round six, and possesses tight hips, limiting his ability as a corner kicker, but athleticism, alongside his press coverage ability, makes him an upside-down pick. for secondary.
After a year in which the 49ers had to find players from outside the organization at cornerback, Castro-Fields provides depth at the position and could even compete for safety in training camp, although his questionable tackle would hamper those plans.
Additionally, the 49ers elected to re-select the best player available and get another athlete at the defensive back position with a better size than the cornerback they selected in the fifth round in Samuel Womack.
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