49ers roster: 53-man bubble watch with 2022 minicamp in the books

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Jason Verrett, SF 49ers
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jason Verrett (22) Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network /

49ers bubble watch: Cornerback

Lock: Emmanuel Moseley, Ambry Thomas, Charvarius Ward, Samuel Womack III*

Strong bubble: Darqueze Dennard, Jason Verrett

Weak bubble: Tariq Castro-Fields*, Qwuantrezz Knight*, Deommodore Lenoir

Long shot: Ka’dar Hollman

It’s weird to think the Niners’ cornerback room could actually be a position of strength this season after so much weakness a year ago, but that speaks to the amount of investment given by San Francisco here during the offseason.

One of the low-risk moves was to bring back Jason Verrett, whose torn ACL back in Week 1 was awfully disappointing, yet the 49ers surely feel comfortable with his veteran presence and leadership.

If he proves to be healthy by training camp, he’ll likely be a lock.

The Niners’ fifth-round rookie, Samuel Womack, also impressed during organized team activities and minicamp. And while it might be premature to automatically slide him in as the starting nickel corner this season, signs are at least pointing up.

That nickel job could go to the veteran, Darqueze Dennard, but it likely won’t go to second-year pro Deommodore Lenoir, who also struggled in minicamp after being benched last season.

That won’t bode well for his roster chances in 2022.