San Francisco 49ers: Projecting Each Rookie’s Role in 2016
By Peter Panacy
Cornerback Will Redmond
See the previous slide (and the second one) for the context of San Francisco’s cornerback situation entering this year.
The only difference is former Mississippi State corner Will Redmond is still recovering from a collegiate ACL tear — here’s your Trent Baalke special.
Redmond went through rehab work during OTAs and minicamp, which means he’ll be behind in his development for 2016. That’s not a good thing, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world either.
If healthy, Redmond is a likely candidate for the slot corner position — a move which could place fellow defensive back Jimmie Ward into an outside role.
Health and recovery are the key factors here. Redmond’s development is as well. Should the 49ers feel as if the rookie isn’t coming along, it’s likely Redmond will wind up being stashed on the non-football injury list his rookie season.
Yet it’s possible he emerges as a slot corner if his recovery and production is satisfactory enough during camp.
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