The San Francisco 49ers will host their third open OTA on Friday, which will be followed by mandatory minicamp next week, and then training camp. Friday and next week's minicamp are the last opportunity we have to update the depth chart before training camp.
One position that has not gotten a lot of clarity is cornerback. The 49ers lost Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver to free agency, and have questions about whether Tramaine Brock can remain healthy. The team did not draft any cornerbacks, and only signed undrafted free agent Mylan Hicks. This indicated the front office is happy with the talent on the roster, but the last two weeks have shown maybe there are still some questions about who fits where.
Two weeks ago, Shareece Wright and Dontae Johnson were the first team corners, and Keith Reaser and Marcus Cromartie were the second team corners. At last week's OTA, Shareece Wright joined Tramaine Brock in not participating, although nothing was disclosed. That defense saw Chris Cook and Marcus Cromartie on the first team, Keith Reaser and Dontae Johnson on the second team, and Kenneth Acker and Mylan Hicks on the third team. Matt Maiocco reported that
My guess is the team is mixing and matching cornerbacks while they figure out exactly who fits in best across the lineup. That does not mean they are concerned about the talent level, but they are simply trying to figure out who is the best option. And we very well could see the team have a sizable amount of rotation at the position. Tramaine Brock is an injury question mark at this point, and they have guys like Keith Reaser, Kenneth Acker and Chris Cook all coming off seasons on various injury lists.
Having this kind of depth to get them through training camp will be key. I'd love to see the whole group remain healthy, but having this kind of depth in camp will cover for the injuries that often happen. The team holds an open practice on Friday, and then will have parts of mandatory minicamp open to the media. We'll see how the cornerback depth chart shakes out at that point. Maybe that will give us some better hints about what to expect heading into training camp.