I think the San Francisco 49ers’ biggest need is at cornerback going into free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. Dontae Johnson was especially bad this past season, and his play dropped considerably in the final few games. He started missing tackles, blowing assignments and in general was a negative factor for the 49ers.
Many consider cornerback to be the team’s biggest need, but there are those who also think that offensive guard or even some other positions can qualify Either way, the cornerback is most interesting to me for a number of reasons, but mostly, I wonder if it’s a thing that exclusively has to be improved with the NFL Draft.
I’d say most people who talk about the position talk about Minkah Fitzpatrick or the NFL Draft in general. The free agency class at the position isn’t necessarily making waves, but one player that is brought up a lot of Trumaine Johnson.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee tends to think that Johnson is a good option for the 49ers, and has thought that for months, as he says in his latest mailbag post.
Johnson finished the season with 65 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pair of interceptions while notching 14 passes deflected.
Ahkello Witherspoon is a player the 49ers like and he’ll be around in 2018, but Johnson has the size and has proven reliable at the position. He may not be Fitzpatrick, but is signing someone like him good enough to call the position solved? Or at the very least, is he a player who can allow the 49ers to look at another position in the first round of the draft?