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Thats the interesting thing. His release is elongated as hell and ugly but it's actually lightning fast. It might not need much tweeking. His biggest issue is his footwork. He has great feet (athletically not technically), but his balance and foot angles are often way off and he has been able to overcome it because his arm is so strong.
Not to mention with his wingspan it's difficult to actually shorten a lot. At least he should be able to get more separation with his legs.
Mike Mayock had Culliver rated as a 5th round pick.
Wes Bunting likes the pick:
I like #49ers FS Chris Culliver...he can run, fluid and very good athlete, biggest question is instincts, just needs to mature
Evan Silva's take:
A three-year starter, Culliver has adequate size, quickness, and footwork for safety but struggled at cornerback as a senior. The talent and athleticism there to develop, but Culliver has shown poor instincts in run support and reacting slowly in coverage. He's a long-term project for coordinator Vic Fangio.
With Goldson likely being tendered Cuillver could be groomed as future replacement if Goldson walks after next season.