The San Francisco 49ers lost starting CBs Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox in free agency to the Washington Redskins and Tennessee Titans, respectively. They addressed this position in the 2014 draft by taking several young CBs.
Their depth chart includes Keith Reaser and Kenneth Acker, both of whom are coming off an injury. Fourth-round draft pick Dontae Johnson played well in his short time, while the team still has Leon McFadden under contract. They also drafted Jimmie Ward to be their nickel CB while he was originally billed as a safety.
With Tramaine Brock as the No. 1 CB, the 49ers also re-signed Chris Cook, who had a strong preseason and training camp to earn a spot on last year’s roster. They also signed San Diego Chargers CB Shareece Wright, who was previously a starting cornerback.
The 49ers have an uncertain competition at the CB position with Reaser, Acker and Johnson. With all the CBs on the roster, they don’t need to draft one in the first round and should promote from within, but it wouldn’t hurt to take an impact player if available.
Jalen Collins (LSU): 6-1, 203 pounds
Collins has all the physical tools to be a starting CB in the NFL. He brings all the height-weight-speed characteristics, but lacks experience with only 10 starts to his name at the college level. However, he is coming of a recent foot surgery and has reports of several failed drug tests. The 49ers brought him in for a visit and he was originally projected to be a first-round draft pick, but his stock could have fallen to the second or third round.
Marcus Peters (Washington): 6-0, 197 pounds
Peters is another CB with good coverage skills and the perfect frame. He would be a strong fit for the 49ers in press coverage, but there are character concerns with him with his work ethic. The 49ers brought him in for a visit and spoke with him multiple times from his Pro Day and the combine. He could be a late first round draft pick, but is probably going to be taken in the second round.
Byron Jones (Connecticut): 6-1, 199 pounds
Jones has great awareness on the field for a CB and brings good size, adequate speed. He also is a good character person, but he is raw in man coverage and will need development from coaches. Jones is coming off a season-ending shoulder surgery from last year and it could have lowered his stock. The 49ers brought him in for a visit and he is projected as a second round draft pick.
Eric Rowe (Utah): 6-1, 205 pounds
Rowe is a tall CB who is good at disruption on WRs. He lacks the speed, but could be useful for any coverage at the line of scrimmage. Rowe projects as a second round draft pick.
Tray Walker (Texas Southern): 6-2, 180 pounds
Walker has outstanding height and length for a cornerback. He would be a system fit in press coverage for the 49ers, but is raw on the field. He has a similar billing to former seventh-round draft pick, Marcus Cooper. Walker was brought in for a visit and is projected as a late round draft pick.
Al-Haji Shabazz (West Chester): 6-2, 200 pounds
Shabazz dominated the Division II level of football and has the large frame for a CB. His awareness on the field still needs development, but the 49ers could hope to develop him into a future CB with his length and speed. Shabazz is expected to be a late round draft pick or undrafted free agent.
Chris Dunkley (South Florida): 6-0, 188 pounds
Dunkley has the right size, but is extremely slow for a CB. He was a former WR who has excelled in zone coverage. The 49ers brought him in for an official visit and he projected as a late round pick or undrafted free agent.