49ers roster 2024: Kemon Hall is on the outside of the depth chart, looking in

The Niners have plenty of other cornerback options who'll be more vital to the team's success over Kemon Hall.
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Kemon Hall (37)
Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Kemon Hall (37) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers don't exactly have room for Kemon Hall on the 53-man roster, meaning his best aim to stay with the team is as a member of the practice squad.

On one hand, it's admirable to bounce around the league as a fringe player who always seems to have employment despite rarely seeing the field.

On the other, it has to be frustrating never to find a long-term home.

Such is the case for journeyman cornerback Kemon Hall, whom the San Francisco 49ers signed to their practice squad late in 2013 and then inked to a reserve/future contract earlier this offseason.

Hall, who played his college ball at North Texas, went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft but signed with the Los Angeles Chargers shortly thereafter and spent year one as a member of the Bolts' practice squad.

Bouncing around the league, he had similar stays with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys before returning back to LA in 2021 where he finally got into regular-season games, primarily as a special teams player. The following year, Hall saw action in two more games but was waived again prior to the 2023 season.

What will the 49ers do with Kemon Hall?

At 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Hall is built to be a nickel cornerback, yet the Niners already have a number of names on their current offseason roster who'd be pegged above him on the depth chart, including Deommodore Lenoir, Renardo Green and Samuel Womack. Chase Lucas and Rock Ya-Sin can also double as slot corners, too, making Hall's immediate future with San Francisco pretty bleak.

There's not exactly room for a third nickel corner on a 53-man roster. But, Hall did have playing experience with Los Angeles alongside then-head coach and current 49ers assistant head coach Brandon Staley.

So, perhaps, Hall might be able to teach the intricacies of Staley's vision to other members of the defensive backfield during training camp.

Additionally, the team's cornerback room could undergo plenty of changes between now and 2025, as free agency could claim Lenoir, Ya-Sin, Ambry Thomas and Charvarius Ward. So, in theory, it might be plausible for the Niners to bump Hall down to the practice squad this season as a reserve option for future considerations.

For now, though, Hall seems to be a third- or fourth-string nickel corner at best, meaning he'll be visible late in preseason games before likely being part of pre-Week 1 roster cuts.

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