3 second-year 49ers who could make a big jump in 2020

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Tim Harris, 49ers
Tim Harris #35 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

No. 2: 49ers Cornerback Tim Harris

You might have already forgotten his name. But the Niners made former Virginia cornerback Tim Harris their final pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, banking on his injury history forcing him to slip, which it did.

Had Harris not suffered an array of injuries at the collegiate level, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defensive back could have easily been an early day-three pick, perhaps going in Rounds 4 or 5.

Because of this, Harris is older and will turn 25 years old by the start of the regular season. And while his injury history is a bit concerning, including two redshirt senior years and a redshirted rookie season, there are plenty of likable traits to consider when looking at his pro-level potential.

As far as his zone coverage, it’s there. Harris is rangy, too, and can play physical up at the line of scrimmage. Speed isn’t an issue for him, either, as his 4.49 40-yard time suggests.

The only question is whether or not Harris can stay healthy.

San Francisco has plenty of cornerback depth concerns, both this season and next. Boundary corners Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon are in contract years. The Niners also re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year deals. Beyond that, the situation is anyone’s guess.

Harris having a productive 2020 campaign would go a long way towards giving the 49ers some flexibility in their secondary for the foreseeable future.