49ers will give up on these 5 recent draftees once training camp is over

The Niners are just about ready to close the door on these five underachieving players.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas (20)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ambry Thomas (20) / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

These five 49ers players are probably not going to be in the team's plans once training camp and the preseason wrap up.

For as many mid- and late-round NFL Draft hits the San Francisco 49ers have made in recent years, there have been plenty of swings and misses.

To their credit, the Niners aren't afraid of cutting bait when a player no longer fits into their plans. Just take a look at quarterback Trey Lance, the 2021 No. 3 overall pick whom San Francisco aggressively traded up to get but ultimately flamed out before being dealt to the Dallas Cowboys just prior to the 2023 season.

While nowhere near as substantial as that whiff, there are a number of others currently on the offseason roster who are likely looking at their final months in a 49ers uniform.

With mandatory minicamp now in the rearview mirror and training camp just over a month away, it's hard to envision any scenario in which these five players wind up getting another chance.

No. 1: Cornerback Ambry Thomas

Cornerback Ambry Thomas has had a rocky tenure with the Niners. A third-round draftee in 2021, Thomas flashed some promise late his rookie year but ended up being almost a complete non-factor the following year before underwhelming in spot-start duties last season.

San Francisco's offseason moves at the position -- signing veterans Isaac Yiadom and Rock Ya-Sin, then using a Round 2 draft pick on Renardo Green -- tell you how the team feels about Thomas.

With Charvarius Ward and Deommodore Lenoir already locked in, too, Thomas' lack of consistency is likely going to be his downfall.

No. 2: Cornerback Samuel Womack

About the only thing fans will remember about cornerback Samuel Womack was that multi-interception preseason game against the Green Bay Packers way back in his rookie 2022 season.

Since then, Womack has scantly seen the field, never appearing on more than 16 percent of eligible defensive snaps in a season since getting drafted

Facing a similar situation as Thomas, Womack was dealt another blow when defensive coordinator Nick Sorenson announced Green would be working out as a nickel back, supporting Lenoir as the No. 2 option, which more or less means Womack's job is likely going to someone else now.

No. 3: Offensive lineman Jaylon Moore

There was a time when reserve offensive lineman Jaylon Moore seemed to be pegged for a swing tackle job, or at the very least, a go-to interior offensive lineman.

However, in the wake of numerous offseason changes along the offensive line, Moore's days as a 49ers backup appear to be coming to a close.

The Niners have their starting five of Trent Williams, Aaron Banks, Jake Brendel, Jon Feliciano and Colton McKivitz from left to right, but adding rookies Dominick Puni and Jarrett Kingston could easily push Moore off the roster. And that doesn't even include the signing of veteran lineman Chris Hubbard, who appears to be the favorite to be the new swing tackle.

The lack of contact during OTAs and minicamp makes it tough to fully evaluate where Moore is at within the competition, but it's pretty evident San Francisco wants an upgrade.

No. 4: Wide receiver Danny Gray

One catch on seven targets for 10 yards. That's the full NFL stat line for wide receiver Danny Gray, the speedy third-round pick from the 2022 draft whom the 49ers envisioned could take the top off defenses.

The Niners wholly shook up the back end of their receiving depth chart during the offseason behind the trio of Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings, adding Ricky Pearsall in Round 1 before landing another speedster, Jacob Cowing, in the fourth.

Gray spent all of 2023 on injured reserve and now finds himself battling for what'll likely be the sixth and final spot on the depth chart.

That's a job likely to go to Ronnie Bell, Chris Conley or Trent Taylor, not Bell.

No. 5: Tight end Cameron Latu

San Francisco hasn't had much luck grabbing third-round draftees, and second-year tight end Cameron Latu is yet another recent example.

In fairness to the Alabama product, Latu spent his rookie season on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury during the preseason a year ago. But he was wholly awful during training camp, struggling with drops and looking completely overwhelmed by the transition to the pros.

Sure, Latu's chances for a bounce-back increased somewhat after the 49ers lost fellow tight end Charlie Woerner and Ross Dwelley in free agency, while not drafting a tight end last April helped matters, too. But all that was offset by additional free-agent pickups, Eric Saubert and Logan Thomas, who'll push Latu way back toward the bottom of the depth chart once again.

Unless Latu has a training camp for the ages, his Niners career might wind up in the infamous "one and done" category.

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