SF 49ers: 3 players who should be on the trade block

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Ahkello Witherspoon, SF 49ers
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23). Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2: SF 49ers Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon

Next up on this potential trading block is cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon.

Witherspoon was drafted by the SF 49ers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In his time with San Francisco, Witherspoon has been reliable yet not consistent. He has started a fair amount of games and played well for the 49ers at times, but there have also been glaring marks of frustration.

At this point, he is arguable the fourth-best cornerback on San Francisco’s roster. Last season, he was benched for a stretch in favor of Emmanuel Moseley. Moseley has proven to be a high-potential player and will be a better corner for the Niners long term. Richard Sherman, although currently on short-term injured reserve with a calf injury, is one of the greatest corners in the history of the league. Finally, Jason Verrett saw the field for the first time this season in Week 3 against the New York Giants and played well.

Perhaps Verrett, if he stays healthy, should start from this point onward.

Although the Niners will likely need Witherspoon for the next few weeks while Sherman is on IR and Moseley deals with a concussion, once those players return and assuming Verret continues to play as he did last week, Witherspoon will be the odd man out among the SF 49ers’ corners.

However, Witherspoon is still a very good and promising player with the potential to be the No. 1 corner for an NFL team. Combined with his high draft pedigree, his potential should lead to a team being willing to pay well for him.