No. 4: Cornerback Keith Reaser
Cornerback Keith Reaser is another holdover from the Trent Baalke era.
As a 2014 fifth round pick, Reaser has ideal size (6-foot-0, 190 pounds), track-star speed and has opened some eyes after impressing during OTAs.
With rookie Ahkello Whitherspoon still trying to find his way, Reaser and fellow cornerback Dontae Johnson have been seeing quite a bit of action so far during minicamps.
Reaser has all the physical tools to win the starting job across the field from fellow cornerback Rashard Robinson, and Reaser’s confidence seems to be growing with each passing day.
While Witherspoon, Will Redmond and K’Waun Williams had previously garnered more attention, it is Reaser who seems to be stepping up and letting his play speak for itself.
Robinson seems to be the consensus starter at one of the cornerback positions. And while Witherspoon may eventually be moving into a starting role, the competition is wide open for the second cornerback position.
If Reaser continues his impressive play, and Johnson continues to struggle, look for Reaser to be the Week 1 starter against Carolina.