3 free-agent cornerbacks who could still help out 49ers in 2020

Cornerback Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Cornerback Aqib Talib #21 of the Denver Broncos (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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Ross Cockrell of Carolina Panthers (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images) /

The 49ers didn’t add cornerbacks in the NFL Draft, yet there are remaining free agents who could help with depth.

Perhaps it was a little strange the San Francisco 49ers elected not to use one of their five selections in the 2020 NFL Draft on a cornerback.

While nowhere near as deep as the pool of wide receiver prospects, and the Niners grabbed two players for that position, there were a number of solid cornerback options late into the draft. And yet general manager John Lynch and Co. elected to avoid this position, only grabbing former Missouri corner DeMarkus Acy after the draft as an undrafted free agent.

Aside from depth, which is always important, San Francisco seems to have its starting trio of cornerbacks in place for the upcoming season. The veteran, Richard Sherman, should assume the starting boundary job on the left side of the defense, while Emmanuel Moseley is the likely starter opposite him. K’Waun Williams is a shoo-in for nickel duties, and Ahkello Witherspoon is currently slated to either compete with Moseley for a starting job or serve as the primary boundary backup.

But what about the depth below this group?

As far as nickel is concerned, D.J. Reed has assumed that role the past two seasons. Not too much of a reason to change things up there.

Yet the outside duties could be a bit more concerning unless there’s faith in two seldom-used defensive backs, Jason Verrett and Dontae Johnson, who both returned to San Francisco on one-year deals this offseason.

Another caveat is Sherman, Witherspoon and Williams will all be free agents in 2021, raising some questions about long-term fits.

In the short term, however, it still could be wise to add a boundary corner or two to bolster and upgrade the depth in case of injury.

Here are three remaining free agents who could possibly help out on the lower side of the budget.