The San Francisco 49ers have added more depth to their secondary, spending the 142nd overall pick on Kansas State cornerback D.J. Reed. The 49ers spent a third round pick on defensive back Tarvarius Moore who will also compete for cornerback playing time.
Moore is a little guy, standing 5’9, 188 pounds. He is projected as a slot cornerback, so he will compete with K’Waun Williams right out of the gate. That being said, you can never have enough cornerbacks, particularly with teams using more three- and four-receiver sets.
The 49ers secondary has been an up and coming group. Ahkello Witherspoon grew into his role last year and if things work well for Richard Sherman’s injury, quarterbacks could be getting frustrated not completing passes. This also could provide a possible understudy for when/if Richad Sherman becomes an unfortunate cap casulty.
The 49ers cornerback group consists of Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, K’Waun Williams and Jimmie Ward (in a Swiss Army Knife sort of role). With this addition, the secondary gets a little more solidified.
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49ers draft picks
First round: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Second round: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Third round: Fred Warner, LB, BYU
Third Round: Tarvarius Moore, DB, Southern Mississippi
Fourth round: Kentavius Street, DE, N.C. State
Fifth round: D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State
Sixth round: Own - No. 10 (184 overall)
Seventh round: Miami Dolphins (Daniel Kilgore trade) No. 5 (223 overall)
Seventh round: Kansas City Chiefs (Kenneth Acker trade) No. 22 (240 overall)