Safety is a relative position of strength for the 49ers with the starters locked in and an exciting draft pick waiting to take over, Avery Young will have to find a way to be a viable backup to stick onto the roster.
We've finally reached the end of The Undrafted Corner, where we take a look at the San Francisco 49ers' undrafted free-agent class from 2023 and their chances to make the roster for 2023. We finish with safety Avery Young, who might have his work cut out for him if he's to make the final roster for 2023.
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Young joins the team from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, where he had 84 total tackles, four passes defended and an interception in 2022. A good size at 6-foot-0 and 198 pounds, Young has the proficiency in zone-based coverage that San Francisco would like to see.
While cornerback is a position of relatively thin depth, safety is one that seems to be pretty well set. Talanoa Hufanga is an All-Pro and will be a starter for the foreseeable future, while Tashaun Gipson was rewarded for his stellar season with an extra year. The exciting Ji'Ayir Brown, the Niners' top pick from this year's NFL Draft, will also be Gipson's understudy to start in 2024 and beyond.
While safety seems pretty much squared away for the 53-man roster, there might be some room for another backup on the team. The 49ers won't be particularly set to anyone to be the fourth safety on the depth chart, so Young has a chance to stay on the roster if he can show some potential as a depth option.
If not, Young may not survive final cuts and be reliant on getting onto the practice squad for San Francisco.
He hasn't made any waves yet, but there's a lot of time before then to put people on notice.