49ers depth chart: Post-NFL Draft 53-man roster prediction for 2021
49ers Cornerbacks (6)
CB Jason Verrett
CB Emmanuel Moseley
SCB K’Waun Williams
CB Ambry Thomas
CB Deommodore Lenoir
CB Tim Harris
This is another group with starters that are more or less locked in but where the depth will be an interesting question to monitor during training camp.
Jason Verrett and Emmanuel Moseley should be locked in as the outside starters and the 49ers brought back slot corner K’Waun Williams to resume his role as the team’s inside cornerback for 2021.
And then the intrigue begins.
The Niners drafted two cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft, using a third-round pick on Michigan corner Ambry Thomas and a fifth-rounder on Oregon’s Deommodore Lenoir, the leader in the clubhouse for the best name on San Francisco’s roster.
Thomas should be the third option at outside corner and may even be given the chance to push Moseley for the starting job opposite Verrett, although I would guess the 49ers would prefer to run with the veteran over the rookie, all things being equal.
Lenoir has experience on both the outside and in the slot, but it seems likely that given his frame (5-foot-11, 202 pounds) he could be a player the Niners will see as a potential long-term replacement for Williams in the slot.
As for the final opening, it mostly depends on whether the team has seen enough from Tim Harris, whom the team took in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, to know that he can be their sixth corner.
He’s only played in two games after basically redshirting his rookie season and the 49ers brass will need to decide if Harris’ upside is more important than a known quantity like Dontae Johnson.