Ranking 49ers 3 weakest positions after 2022 NFL Draft

George Kittle #85 with Ross Dwelley #82 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
George Kittle #85 with Ross Dwelley #82 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Christian Kirk, Talanoa Hufanga, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk (13) against San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga (29) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers weak position No. 1: Safety

Key additions in 2022: George Odum, Leon O’Neal Jr.*

There are relatively few starting spots up for grabs with regards to the Niners roster this offseason, but one of them is at strong safety in light of the team electing not to re-sign its long-time starter, Jaquiski Tartt.

That non-move could fairly be questioned, yes, even if San Francisco is hoping former Indianapolis Colts special teams ace George Odum steps into a bigger role as a defensive starter.

If not, the 49ers may have to turn to reserve defensive backs such as Talanoa Hufanga and Tarvarius Moore, both of whom have question marks with regards to coverage ability and returning from injury, respectively.

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The Niners had multiple chances to land a top-end safety prospect in the NFL Draft, such as Illinois’ Kerby Joseph and Maryland’s Nick Cross, both of whom were available in Round 3 when San Francisco finally came on the board at No. 93 overall.

Yet the 49ers passed.

In fact, the Niners’ only notable addition to this spot on the roster was UDFA Leon O’Neal Jr. out of Texas A&M, and he’ll still face long odds to crack the 53-man group.

Whatever the starting lineup winds up being, particularly at strong safety, San Francisco had better hope for a good bunch.

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