No. 8: Cornerback
The cornerback position has been a weak point within the 49ers defense for quite some time. But this group seems to have started turning a corner (no pun intended).
Veteran Tramaine Brock leads the unit with 2014 first-round selection Jimmie Ward starting to emerge as a star.
In 2015, Ward’s first-round talent was on display near the end of the season, where he played at the nickel corner spot. Although, in 2016, Ward has been moved to the outside opposite of Brock and will look to continue his exceptional play.
Another rising name is the new nickel back Chris Davis. Davis was picked up from the San Diego Chargers where he was signed as an undrafted free agent. Davis has shown great instinct throughout the preseason and has taken the starting nickel spot.
With the change of position for Ward and the unproven Davis, the group as a whole remains lower on this list. But they certainly are heading in the right direction.
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