No. 3: 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley
San Francisco made considerable effort revamping its cornerback room this offseason, highlighted by the free-agent pickup of former Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Charvarius Ward and then supplemented by drafting former Toledo nickel corner Samuel Womack and re-signing the veteran, Jason Verrett.
What this means for fellow cornerback Emmanuel Moseley is simple: He’s now competing for a starting job and won’t have a straight line to securing one.
However, Moseley hasn’t done anything in offseason workouts to suggest he’s in danger of losing a prominent role, at least according to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Cohn:
"[Moseley] broke up a long pass near the sideline intended for Brandon Aiyuk, who waited for the ball to get to him. Moseley did not wait. He pounced and swatted the ball away as it hit Aiyuk’s chest. Moseley has given up zero big plays in front of the media this offseason. He wins most of his matchups."
Womack, too, earned praise and could end up securing the No. 1 nickel role this season, perhaps meaning Moseley will have to secure the No. 2 boundary position opposite Ward and over Verrett, the latter working his way back from an ACL tear suffered early in 2021.
This is notable for cornerbacks, as they’re not allowed to engage in press coverage right from the snap and typically have to match opposing receivers step for step in off coverage.
So far, Moseley has been equal to the task.