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Report: 49ers to host Minkah Fitzpatrick for pre-draft visit

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The 49ers could use versatile secondary depth, and Fitzpatrick provides it.

The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to host Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick for one of their 30 official pre-draft visits, according to Matt Barrows.

Fitzpatrick stands 6’1, 201 pounds. He played primarily between safety and nickel back at Alabama, but also has the ability to move outside. The Crimson Tide call their nickel back position the star position, as they usually stick their best defensive back in that role.

The 49ers secondary has starters at all the major positions, but still plenty of question marks heading into the offseason workout program. Right now, Jaquiski Tartt and Adrian Colbert would start at the safety positions, with Ahkello Witherspoon and Jimmie Ward at cornerback, and K’Waun Williams at nickel back. Richard Sherman will not take part in on-field drills while he continues rehabbing his torn Achilles.

Greg Mabin will get an opportunity to compete at cornerback, but even with all these starters, there is plenty of room for competition. Fitzpatrick could push Williams for the nickel role, or could be the guy they use for a slightly bigger nickel look (Williams is 5’9, 183 pounds). Fitzpatrick could push for an outside corner role, but I suspect if the 49ers drafted him, his first year would be focused on sub-package work. Of course, given that teams use sub-packages more than their base defense these days, that would mean significant snaps.