5 draft prospects who entice 49ers at 2022 NFL Scouting Combine

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Marcus Jones, Houston Cougars
Houston Cougars cornerback Marcus Jones (8) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

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49ers NFL Combine prospect to watch No. 3: CB Marcus Jones, Houston

Going back to the cornerback theme here for a moment, it might be wise for the Niners to finally bid farewell to K’Waun Williams, who will turn 31 years old by the time the regular season commences.

That’ll leave a void at nickel back, one which San Francisco will want to fill.

Additionally, the 49ers’ return game on special teams hasn’t exactly had a bona fide option in recent years, so a player like Houston cornerback Marcus Jones could easily check off two key boxes.

Jones’ 5-foot-8 frame is undersized, but it’s important to note Williams thrived at only 5-foot-9.

However, it’s Jones’ contributions in the return game that should entice the 49ers:

Marcus Jones Kick & Punt Returns Table
Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year School Conf Class Pos G Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
*2017 Troy Sun Belt FR CB 13 30 879 29.3 3 14 121 8.6 0
*2018 Troy Sun Belt SO CB 11 23 584 25.4 1 6 49 8.2 0
*2020 Houston American JR CB 7 5 102 20.4 0 17 337 19.8 1
*2021 Houston American SR CB 13 15 510 34.0 2 26 374 14.4 2
Career Overall 73 2075 28.4 6 63 881 14.0 3
Troy 53 1463 27.6 4 20 170 8.5 0
Houston 20 612 30.6 2 43 711 16.5 3

Provided by CFB at Sports Reference
Generated 2/25/2022.

Jones could easily run a 4.40 40-yard time at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a team like the Niners will want to see that blazing-fast speed, going along with what he can do in the vertical leap to see whether or not his size will work against him on the defensive side of the ball.

If Jones impresses enough, it wouldn’t be a shock to see him slip into the back end of day two.