49ers could seek cornerback competition for Culliver

49ers could seek cornerback competition for Culliver
May 10, 2014, 8:30 am
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The depth at that position within the draft, in the early part of the draft, wasn’t where it has been in past years. That doesn’t mean (Saturday) you’re not going to start seeing corners flying off the board.
Trent Baalke

SANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Chris Culliver was in line to win a starting job a year ago before going down early in training camp with a torn ACL.

Even though he did not play a snap in 2013, the 49ers feel confident Culliver will pair with Tramaine Brock as the 49ers’ starters. And general manager Trent Baalke said he is not concerned about the injury from which Culliver is returning.

“A lot of players have come back from ACLs,” Baalke said. “It was a clean ACL. There was no surface damage to the bones. He was fine. It’s a clean ACL. Rehab has gone extremely well. We feel really good about where he’s at.”

The 49ers found a player to replace Carlos Rogers as the nickel cornerback in the first round with the selection of safety Jimmie Ward. But cornerback remains on the 49ers’ list of priorities entering the final day of the draft, and it's possible the 49ers could still add a player to compete with Culliver for a starting job.

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“There haven’t been a whole lot of corners taken outside of that first rush in the first round,” Baalke said. “The depth at that position within the draft, in the early part of the draft, wasn’t where it has been in past years. That doesn’t mean (Saturday) you’re not going to start seeing corners flying off the board.

“Are we going to get involved in that? If the right player is there at the right time, we absolutely will.”

Top cornerbacks remaining
Bashaud Breeland (Clemson)
Pierre Desir (Lindenwood)
Keith McGill (Utah)
Aaron Colvin (Oklahoma)
Jaylen Watkins (Florida)