Before a start of a NFL giveaway group period, we’re going to demeanour during several positions on a San Francisco 49ers’ register to establish a few things. The initial is either or not a position softened from 2016 to 2017. The second is to see if giveaway group is a viable choice to urge a position — if it’s even needed.
Season in review
Today, we’re going to speak about a cornerbacks. And there is positively copiousness to speak about. The 49ers incited over probably a whole abyss breeze over a march of a year, and will finish adult that sum restoration this entrance offseason when they approaching reinstate Dontae Johnson.
A year ago, Tramaine Brock and Rashard Robinson finished a deteriorate as a team’s starting outward cornerbacks. They got a burst on giveaway group early, alighting K’Waun Williams in late February. They did not get overly assertive differently in giveaway agency, yet early Apr brought a large change. The group expelled Tramaine Brock following an detain for guess of domestic violence. we don’t know how that impacted a team’s breeze board, yet 3 weeks after they drafted Ahkello Witherspoon in a third turn of a 2017 NFL Draft. They after combined Adrian Colbert, who was listed as a defensive behind and was approaching to get some time between cornerback and safety.
Witherspoon was delayed out of a gates, with questions about his distance winning a conversation. He had a tallness and length, yet he seemed to onslaught with strength. He was dead a initial 4 weeks, and it seemed like he was headed for a sincerely unsatisfactory rookie season.
Except, things altered in Week 5. He was active and got a singular volume of work. In Weeks 6 and 7, he became a rotational player, rotating into a diversion in place of both Robinson and Dontae Johnson. In Week 8, he transposed Robinson in a starting lineup, and dual days later, they traded Robinson to a New York Jets for a fifth turn pick.
Witherspoon is approaching to put on a small some-more weight this offseason. An boost in distance and strength, joined with a season’s value of film to learn from bodes good for his continued growth. It stays to be seen if he will rise into a transparent No. 1 cornerback, yet his upside gives them a clever building retard during cornerback.
Meanwhile, K’Waun Williams cumulative a starting nickel purpose right out of a gate. It usually took him 3 weeks as a team’s nickel behind to acquire a three-year agreement extension. He missed dual games with a quadricep injury, yet differently played out a season, and was a unchanging performer in a slot. The 49ers will move in some competition, yet it is doubtful they will deposit in anything other than a small depth.
The biggest beating was Dontae Johnson. Part of that was due to a tough matchups he faced, yet a tall, extensive cornerback was burnt on large play after large play. Late in a deteriorate he started removing transposed in a starting lineup, with defensive coordinator Robert Saleh articulate about wanting him to get a possibility to transparent his conduct and get behind out there.
Johnson was never rigourously benched, yet partial of that was due in partial to Greg Mabin pang a calf injury. Mabin transposed him late in a deteriorate during a game, yet a calf damage cost Mabin dual weeks and finished that brief experiment. That being said, with a large turnover function during cornerback, Mabin is one of a few returning abyss options, and could get a large event in a offseason examination program.
Here’s a demeanour during a approach a position altered from 2016 to 2017:
2016 Week 17: Tramaine Brock, Rashard Robinson, Dontae Johnson, Keith Reaser, JaCorey Shepherd, Prince Charles Iworah, Chris Davis (IR), Will Redmond (IR), Jimmie Ward (IR), Duke Thomas (PS)
2017 Week 1: Rashard Robinson, Dontae Johnson, K’Waun Williams, Ahkello Witherspoon, Keith Reaser, Prince Charles Iworah (IR), Will Redmond (IR), Asa Jackson (PS)
Current: Ahkello Witherspoon, Dontae Johnson, K’Waun Williams, Leon Hall, Antone Exum, Jr., Greg Mabin, Asa Jackson (IR), Channing Stribling (PS)
2018 Free Agents: Dontae Johnson, Asa Jackson, Leon Hall
The marketplace for cornerbacks
We’re going to take a deeper demeanour during a several positions and giveaway agents accessible in a apart series. For now, here’s a discerning and unwashed list of a tip cornerbacks set to strike a open market.
Trumaine Johnson, Los Angeles Rams
Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots
E.J. Gaines, Buffalo Bills
Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears
Aaron Colvin, Jacksonville Jaguars
Prince Amukamara, Chicago Bears
Vontae Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Bashaud Breeland, Washington
Morris Claiborne, New York Jets
Rashaan Melvin, Indianapolis Colts
Patrick Robinson, Philadelphia Eagles
We’ve already listened plenty about a 49ers players starting a recruiting of Malcolm Butler. It’s protected to contend yet that a 49ers will be mentioned in tie with probably each important giveaway representative cornerback. The position is an apparent need and a 49ers have a ton of top space. That creates it all yet certain agents will use them in a media and directly with other teams as a intensity opposite to beef adult offers.
The 49ers will pointer during slightest one cornerback in giveaway agency, yet a doubt is either it will be a large name like Johnson, Butler, Fuller, or someone like that, or some abyss options in sequence to afterwards go after a position in a draft.