The 49ers made a roster move over the weekend as they came to terms with cornerback Darcel McBath on a one-year contract. The move, announced this morning, puts the 49ers at the 90-man limit for their roster heading into training camp. McBath was originally a second round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played in 21 games with one start in Denver. He was subsequently released and signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars late last season. The Jaguars released him this past April.
McBath played his college abll at Texas Tech where he earned first-team All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2008. During his senior season, he registered 75 tackles, forced a fumble and broke up seven passes. McBath also led the Big 12 and tied for third in the NCAA with seven interceptions, equaling a school season-record with two returns for touchdowns. His position coach with the Broncos (2009-10) was current 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell.
I don't know much about McBath, but came across this ESPN Scouting report from the start of last season:
McBath is a good-sized safety with adequate deep speed and average hip turn and foot agility for man coverage. He can be inconsistent reading the play and will show some indecision when in deep coverage. He seemed to regress a bit in his second year, especially from the mental standpoint.
The folks at Mile High Report had a rundown of a Q&A McBath conducted with the media after he was drafted in 2009. The 49ers listed McBath as a cornerback, but it is worth noting that he has experience at safety, and is still listed at ESPN as a safety. The 49ers safety depth is limited heading into camp, even if Dashon Goldson signs his franchise tender in time for the start of camp. McBath will get his share of reps whether or not Goldson is there.