If the 49ers bring in nine players in the 2022 NFL Draft, it’ll ultimately mean nine others will have to go by Week 1, and these five are in danger of losing their jobs.
Any NFL roster is prone to serious turnover over the course of an offseason. And even if a roster is of the playoff-contending variety, such as that of the San Francisco 49ers, there is still no shortage of back-end players who already find themselves on the bubble before a team’s actions in the NFL Draft.
Right now, the Niners own nine picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. They’re without a first-round selection, thanks to last year’s trade-up for quarterback Trey Lance, and they won’t be picking until No. 61 overall all the way towards the end of Round 2, barring any crazy shakeups between now and when that selection is finally made.
This is potentially good news for players on the fringes of the roster, as mid- and late-round picks don’t come with as much instant expectation for being starters right out of the gate.
Still, depending on what prospects general manager John Lynch and Co. pick up between Rounds 2 and 7, these five bubble-watch San Francisco players could easily find themselves bumped off the regular-season roster by younger, potentially more-promising rookies.
No. 5: 49ers defensive back Tarvarius Moore
2021 was a lost season for defensive back Tarvarius Moore after he suffered a torn Achilles during organized team activities and ultimately spent the entire year on injured reserve.
While having shown flashes of brilliance from time to time ever since being a third-round selection in the 2018 draft, Moore has nevertheless failed to capture a true starting job and has largely been relegated to backup duties, big-nickel packages and special teams play ever since.
The void left by veteran strong safety Jaquiski Tartt’s free-agent departure is better news for Moore, who now looks at fellow defensive backs Talanoa Hufanga and George Odum as primary competitors for the starting bid.
But if the 49ers continue to stockpile defensive backs in the draft, particularly early, Moore figures to be the odd man out when the regular-season depth chart pans out.