And so begins the search for depth and/or Walt Harris's replacement. Maiocco is reporting that on the heels of the announcement that Walt Harris is done for the year, a league source has indicated the 49ers have scheduled a meeting with Dre Bly for tomorrow.
We've got the general discussion thread going on, but I wanted to focus this one on Dre Bly since he's the first unofficial candidate. I thought first I'd roll out some of the details from a Scouts Inc scouting report:
[A]n excellent athlete with good foot quickness, agility and excellent speed. He is fluid and smooth in his hip turn and can mirror most receivers all over the field. He has good route awareness when in off coverage, but has a tendency to gamble and jump on routes at the wrong time, which can cost him. He is not a big cornerback and struggles against some of the larger receivers in the league . . . He has awareness and good ball skills when in position to make a play on the ball. He is not very physical and not much of a force in run support. He lets himself get blocked too easily. He would probably be a better fit as a nickel back, if [his team] were able to find a top level cornerback in the near future, but can still play effectively even as a starter.
One big plus is that he's played in every game the last three seasons, and according to Maiocco, he's played in 97% of defensive snaps. Not the #1 reason to sign him, but it certainly doesn't hurt.
While there are no guarantees, I'd imagine Mike Singletary will not BS him in regards to playing time. It seems like he would not be handed a starting job and would compete through training camp with primarily Tarell Brown, but also Shawntae Spencer, for playing time.
This discussion certainly lends itself to considering other cornerbacks, and that's certainly ok. However, let's try and keep it more about people's opinions on Dre Bly on his own and as compared to the existing 49ers corners.