02 Aug Dre Kirkpatrick workout and other options as CB depth
Dre Kirkpatrick was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Over his nine-year career, he has forced thirteen interceptions, three of which came this past season with the cardinals. Although his age seems to have caught up to him he’s still a good depth piece with Mosley out due to covid.
Possible Trade Targets
The free-agent market is pretty thin at the moment but there are some possibilities that the 49ers could explore if they wanted to trade for either Stephon Gilmore or even Xavier Howard (maybe prevent him from going to the Rams). If the 49ers did decide to with the trade route the corner position would be solidified across from Mosley.
Gilmore was originally drafted in 2012 by the Buffalo Bills, currently with the Patriots during his nine-year career, Gilmore was announced the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year managed to make four pro bowls and two first-team all-pro, defended 114 passes, and notches 25 interceptions. Currently unhappy with his contract the former DPOY is a name to keep an eye on and would be a great addition to an already stellar defensive unit.
Xavien Howard was originally drafted in 2016 by the Miami Dolphins in his five-year career Howard has notched two pro bowl selections along with one first-team all-pro, defended 55 passes and made 22 interceptions 10 of which came from this past season. Currently unhappy with his contract he would be an excellent addition to the team and solidify our secondary as a bonafide playmaker and ballhawk.
Possibility of remaining with current depth at secondary
Even if the 49ers chose to not go with any route Ambry Thomas and Deommodore Lenoir will have the opportunity to step up with Mosely out. A duo who has been shinning in training camp has been Verrett. and Ward. With Ward’s versatility and Verrett’s ability to play the boundary, there still might be hope for the secondary if the rookies still need time to develop.