Ambry Thomas’ arrival as a third-round draft pick gives the 49ers a needed addition to their cornerback corps.
And it likely signals the official end of Richard Sherman’s tenure, even though he remains unsigned in free agency.
Thomas (6-foot, 191 pounds) will likely challenge Emmanuel Moseley for the starting cornerback spot opposite Jason Verrett, who signed a one-year contract in March to return as the unit’s veteran leader without Sherman.
Thomas brings coverage skills (three interceptions last season, play-making ability (three tackles for loss in 2020) and speed (4.4-second 40-yard dash). He is the first Michigan product to be drafted by the 49ers since coach Jim Harbaugh headed to Ann Arbor after the 2014 season, and the first Wolverine selected by the 49ers since 2005 (guard David Baas, second round).
Thomas is only the fourth cornerback drafted since 2017 by 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, following Ahkello Witherspoon (2017 third round), D.J. Reed (2018 fifth), and Tim Harris (2019 sixth).
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For more historical perspective, the 49ers haven’t drafted a pure outside cornerback with as high as a second-round pick since 2004 (Shawntae Spencer), and they haven’t had a homegrown cornerback reach a Pro Bowl in a 49ers uniform since Eric Davis (1990, second round).
Thomas’ selection follows three offensive players in the 49ers’ draft class: quarterback Trey Lance (first round), guard Aaron Banks (second round) and running back Trey Sermon.
Entering Saturday’s final four rounds, the 49ers have three picks in the fifth round (Nos. 155, 172, 180) and a sixth-round choice (No. 194).
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports
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