The list of unsigned 2016 draft picks shortened to 10 on Thursday night after the 49ers reached an agreement to sign Will Redmond, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Redmond entered Thursday as one of five third-rounders yet to sign, but San Francisco moved a step closer to wrapping up its draft class by coming to terms with the cornerback out of Mississippi State. For the 49ers, only first-round lineman Joshua Garnett remains unsigned.
The 22-year-old corner saw action in three seasons for the Bulldogs, playing in 27 games and making seven starts — all of which coming during the 2015 season. He made 25 tackles and two interceptions for Mississippi State last season, and despite the lack of experience as a starter decided to leave school early.
His accord leaves Max Tuerk (Chargers), Carl Nassib (Browns), Kevin Byard (Titans) and Maliek Collins (Cowboys) as the lone remaining third-round picks yet to sign with their respective teams. The CBA being murky on the compensation coming for third-round picks has led to these selections’ longer negotiation processes.
As for the 49ers, they remain somewhat thin at cornerback, prompting Redmond’s selection. As Roster Resource details, Tramaine Brock and former first-round safety Jimmie Ward are in line to start for the NFC’s Bay Area franchise, with Kenneth Acker being the only component with much experience behind the projected first-teamers.
However, the 49ers already came to terms with fourth-round pick Rashard Robinson, so he figures to battle Redmond for playing time behind San Francisco’s starters come training camp.
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