San Francisco 49ers

Round 2: 49ers take safety Jaquiski Tartt from Samford

For the third straight season, the 49ers used a high draft pick on a safety. This year it was Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt
For the third straight season, the 49ers used a high draft pick on a safety. This year it was Samford’s Jaquiski Tartt AP

Jaquiski Tartt

Safety, Samford

6-1, 228 pounds, arm 32 3/8-inch, 9 7/8-inch hands

2014 stats: 62 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 1 INT, I FF

Why he fits: Tartt is big-bodied and aggressive. He's an excellent tackler, finishing with more than 90 stops in 2012 and 2013. The 49ers may not have obvious needs at safety, but there is trouble brewing at the position. One starter, Eric Reid, has had three concussions in two seasons while the other, Antoine Bethea, is 30 years old. Last year's first-round pick, Jimmie Ward, was drafted with a foot injury that he reinjured during the season. Ward was not present during Wednesday's minicamp practice that was attended by the media. Tartt played through a shoulder injury in 2013 and may be the 49ers' answer to some of the bigger tight ends in the league. He said he handled slot receivers in college.

Why he doesn't fit: For the third year in a row, the 49ers have used a high draft pick on a safety and the team arguably had bigger holes elsewhere on the roster. Tartt is best close to the line of scrimmage in the mold of Seahawks' safety Kam Chancellor. He is not known for his deep coverage skills. Tartt didn't play against high-caliber competition at Samford, although he did perform well at the Senior Bowl and had some of his best games against high-level opponents.

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