No. 1: 49ers Cornerback DeMarkus Acy
The final player on this list of possible UDFA regular-season roster additions is one of almost sheer default, former Missouri cornerback DeMarkus Acy.
Acy, who stands at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, fits the mold for a boundary-type defensive back in San Francisco’s Cover 3 zone defense. Robert Saleh puts a priority on long, lanky cornerbacks to play on the outside, and Acy has those traits.
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If Acy came out after his junior year in 2018, in which he had three interceptions and 10 pass breakups, he probably would have been drafted. Perhaps as early as Round 3 or 4. But Acy’s senior year wasn’t anywhere close to as impressive, at least from a statistical vantage point, which probably forced him into the UDFA ranks.
San Francisco is hoping Acy can replicate the kind of efforts on tape from 2018, especially considering the team’s long-term needs at the position.
Veteran corner Richard Sherman is hitting free agency in 2021. So is the former third-round pick, Ahkello Witherspoon. Depth behind these two on the outside isn’t particularly impressive, meaning Acy has a straight-line shot to climb the depth chart.
If he performs well enough in training camp and the preseason, the 49ers could have themselves an excellent solution for some of their concerns at this position in 2020 and beyond.