Five 49ers to watch: 4. Perrish Cox

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Five 49ers to watch: 4. Perrish Cox

(This is Part 2 in a series that will spotlight five 49ers players to watch Friday night in the team's exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings, 6 p.m., at Candlestick Park.)

Five 49ers to watch: 5. Alex Boone
The 49ers ranked 11th in the NFL in third-down defense last season. They did it with a promising first-time starter and a rookie third cornerback. Oh, yeah, the other cornerback is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance and returned to the club with a lucrative contract.
So with the old vet Carlos Rogers, as well as Tarell Brown and Chris Culliver, a second-year player, there do not figure to be many opportunities for another cornerback to work into the mix.Perrish Cox did not play last season after the Denver Broncos released the 2010 draft pick in the midst of allegations of sexual abuse. Cox was acquitted early this year, and the 49ers signed him shortly thereafter.Cox has performed well since coming to the 49ers. He's in competition with Tramaine Brock for the job as the team's No. 4 cornerback. (Brock, as you recall, began last season as the third cornerback, intercepted passes in the first two games, but could not regain his role from Culliver after missing several weeks with a hand injury.)Cox's best attribute is his versatility. He can play cornerback and nickel back, as well as return kicks and punts.Cox will likely get into the action as part of the team's third defense. Rogers and Brown are the starters. Culliver and Brock are the second team.So Cox will likely be matched at some point against Vikings receivers Michael Jenkins, Stephen Burton, Devin Aromashodu and Jarius Wright. After going up regularly against the 49ers' top receivers in 49ers camp, Cox should be expected to have a strong performance.

49ers sign former Sacramento State, Raiders receiver

49ers sign former Sacramento State, Raiders receiver

The 49ers on Friday announced the signing of undrafted wide receiver DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

Carter (5 foot 8, 190 pounds) set the Sacramento State single-season receiving record in 2014 with 99 receptions for 1,321 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning FCS first-team All-America honors.

Carter originally signed with the Baltimore Ravens after the 2015 draft. He spent time on the practice squads of the Raiders and New England Patriots as a rookie after the Ravens released him in late-August.

Last summer, Carter caught four passes for 26 yards in the exhibition season with the Patriots, including a 12-yard touchdown from Jacoby Brissett against Carolina. He was among the Patriots' final cuts before the start of the regular season.

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

The 49ers were awarded a compensatory pick in the fourth round of the April draft, the NFL announced on Friday.

The 49ers’ additional pick – No. 37 in the fourth round and No. 143 overall – is a result of the team losing guard Alex Boone in free agency last year to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers had no qualifying free-agent gains, according to the league.

“Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks,” the NFL stated in announcing the 32 compensatory selections.

Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Compensatory picks can be traded this year for the first time.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Here are the compensatory picks announced by the NFL with Round, No. in round, and No. overall:

Compensatory picks
3-33-97 Miami
3-34-98 Carolina
3-35-99 Baltimore
3-36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3-37-101 Denver
3-38-102 Seattle
3-39-103 Cleveland
3-40-104 Kansas City
3-41-105 Pittsburgh
3-42-106 Seattle
3-43-107 New York Jets

4-32-138 Cincinnati
4-33-139 Cleveland
4-35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4-36-142 Cleveland
4-37-143 San Francisco
4-38-144 Indianapolis
5-33-178 Cincinnati
5-34-179 Denver
5-35-180 Miami
5-36-181 Arizona
5-37-182 Kansas City
5-38-183 Cleveland
5-39-184 Green Bay
5-40-185 New England
5-41-186 Miami

6-33-218 Kansas City
6-34-219 Cincinnati
6-35-220 Kansas City

7-33-253 Cincinnati
7-34-254 Denver
7-35-255 Denver

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants’ original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140. Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 draft:

ARIZONA
Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan

BALTIMORE
Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric

CAROLINA
Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
Gained: Gradkowski, Gino

CINCINNATI
Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
Gained: None

CLEVELAND
Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
Gained: Davis, Demario

DENVER
Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald

GREEN BAY
Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
Gained: None

INDIANAPOLIS
Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott

KANSAS CITY
Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
Gained: None

MIAMI
Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre

NEW ENGLAND
Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
Gained: McClellin, Shea

NEW YORK JETS
Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve

PITTSBURGH
Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan

SAN FRANCISCO
Lost: Boone, Alex
Gained: None

SEATTLE
Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J'Marcus