No. 1: Rashard Robinson
Rashard Robinson was one of only a handful of bright spots from San Francisco’s defense last year.
Robinson led all rookie cornerbacks in coverage snaps per reception (13.2) in 2016, per Pro Football Focus, and was even ranked the No. 3 rookie overall prior to Week 6 last year — ahead of fellow first-year players, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa.
Robinson’s play dropped off a bit down the stretch, eventually resulting in a 50.4 overall PFF grade. But one should expect a big jump this season.
And if personality has any bit in the equation, Robinson is showing his competitiveness in training camp.
49ers.com’s Keiana Martin described how one player is looking at Robinson’s attitude:
"During practice, you’re almost certain to overhear Robinson jawing across the line of scrimmage. Just ask 49ers veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon. “That’s the kind of person he is,” Garçon said. “It works for him. He’s doing well, and he’s working hard. It’s not coming from a mean place. He’s just out there working hard trying to keep being competitive.”"
The second-year pro is all but assured the No. 1 corner spot this season. But store that chippy personality in the back of your mind for a moment as we move to the No. 2 spot, which is a point of some major debate.