The SF 49ers are likely to call upon the cornerback position in the NFL Draft.
With the SF 49ers looking to position themselves once against among the NFL elite after a decidedly forgettable year in 2020, the attention now turns towards the NFL Draft and the players the Niners could target.
In what has been a unique year for sports, the inconsistent college seasons as well as opt-outs from some players have left the draft landscape in a wild situation.
For San Francisco, the biggest defensive need is in the secondary. Specifically, the cornerback position.
Richard Sherman will move on, and so there is a spot open for a long-term starter for the team. Young cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon are inconsistent, while veteran cornerback Jason Verrett will always have durability concerns despite the fact he will be the starter if he can continue his hot run of form in 2020.
The team needs at the absolute least some depth at the position, and perhaps even looking towards a starter if the SF 49ers don’t feel Witherspoon or Moseley are the future at the position.
In this year’s draft, the cornerback situation is intriguing with a good mix of talent that could be picked with the Niners’ top selection at No. 12 as well as intriguing prospects who could be an intriguing if the team decides to address the need later in the draft.
Of note with the draft history of head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch is that San Francisco has never addressed the cornerback situation earlier than the third round despite the position almost always being one of need. So it’s worth looking at some intriguing later prospects.
Here are seven cornerback prospects that the team could look at for every round of the draft.