The 49ers have adequate depth at boundary cornerback right now, namely with Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon and Emmanuel Moseley in place for two spots. Witherspoon and Moseley have recently been jockeying for starting jobs, and the competition between the two is something which should be exciting to watch in training camp.
But the long-term replacement for Sherman, who’ll be a free agent after 2021, is something to wonder about. Witherspoon and Moseley could end up being the starting tandem in 2022, but that doesn’t alleviate the depth concerns if the Niners and Sherman elect to part ways.
Finding some corner depth would be smart on day three of the draft, and Georgia’s Eric Stokes would appear to fit the bill.
At 6-foot-1 and 173 pounds, Stokes needs to add some bulk to his frame to match up against the bigger, tougher wide receivers he’ll face at the pro level. But he’s rangy, fast and has good pattern-match skills. And while his smallish stature is a concern, Stokes has a tendency to play bigger than his size would suggest.
Stokes could find himself a key reserve for San Francisco right away, potentially working his way up to becoming a future starter.