Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports


49ers visit with defensive backs Budda Baker and Ahkello Witherspoon

Apr 11, 2017 at 4:48 PM--


The San Francisco 49ers hosted two defensive backs on Tuesday. The first was Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and the second was Washington safety Budda Baker. News of Baker's visit was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Media while Witherspoon's visit was noticed by Niners Wire contributor, Rob Lowder.


Baker is a two-time first-team all-conference honors recipient (2015 and 2016). The 5-foot-10, 195-pound safety has drawn a comparison to former Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders by NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. In 2016, Baker had 71 tackles, six passes defended, and two interceptions through 14 games.

"They want to get a free safety type," said Steve Wyche on NFL Network while discussing Baker's visit. "They're switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 with a single high safety. They need a center fielder type of safety because Eric Reid, he's going to be moving into the box. Again, let's look at the Seahawks' framework on defense. Reid's going to be the Kam Chancellor role. They need someone to play the Earl Thomas role."

Year G Tkl PD Int Yds
2014 14 80 6 1 44
2015 12 49 7 2 0
2016 14 71 6 2 18
Totals 40 200 19 5 62

Witherspoon reportedly posted a photo from inside the 49ers headquarters on Instagram. That photo has since been deleted and is nowhere to be found on his Instagram account.

The 6-foot-3 and 198-pound Witherspoon was one of three members of Colorado's secondary who earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors and was tied with teammate Tedric Thompson for first place in the nation with 23 passes defended in 2016 – one of which was an interception. He also made 23 tackles and had an interception last season.

Year G Tkl PD Int Yds
2014 10 12 2 0 0
2015 13 36 3 2 0
2016 14 23 22 1 0
Totals 37 71 27 3 0

The 49ers also met with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson on Tuesday.

(h/t to Patrick Tulini and Niners Wire)





More San Francisco 49ers News



Michael Irvin once again backs 49ers legend Jerry Rice as the all-time greatest receiver

By David Bonilla
Jun 4, 2021

There was never any debate in the minds of San Francisco 49ers fans. Jerry Rice is the greatest wide receiver to ever step onto a football field. Randy Moss had a different opinion, which was enough for the former NFL receiver to grab some headlines and start some debate in December. During a conversation with Terrell Owens, Moss said he was the greatest, followed by Owens. Yes, Moss placed Rice at "third or fourth" on his personal ranking. Most laughed at the idea that Moss should be considered the best ever. One of the many who backed Rice for the title is another Hall of Fame receiver, Michael Irvin. Irvin did so again when asked about the greatest



PFF ranks 49ers receivers group at No. 7, running backs at No. 18

By David Bonilla
Jun 4, 2021

How good do you think the San Francisco 49ers receivers and running backs groups will be in 2021? Pro Football Focus weighed in, ranking each group across the 32 NFL teams. We'll start with the highest-ranked of the two groups — the receivers. Pro Football Focus has the 49ers collection of wideouts listed at No. 7. Much of that is due to the potential of the team's trio of playmakers — Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and tight end George Kittle. "The 49ers have built a dangerous group of playmakers; it's just a matter of keeping everyone on the field this season," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "Deebo Samuel has been used everywhere in this offense.



Frelund lists 49ers' Trey Sermon among rookie running backs who will thrive in 2021

By David Bonilla
Jun 7, 2021

NFL Network analyst Cynthia Frelund predicted which rookie running backs are most likely to thrive during the 2021 season. "Using contextualized play-calling data from each team and factoring in every rookie RB's skill set, my model believes the following five newbies will provide the biggest returns in 2021," wrote Frelund. On the list were Najee Harris of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Javonte Williams of the Denver Broncos, Travis Etienne of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Michael Carter of the New York Jets. Sandwiched in the list at No. 3 was San Francisco 49ers rookie running back Trey Sermon. "Next Gen Stats reveal regression on San Francisco's offensive line this past season, at least in the ground game," wrote Frelund. "The 49ers averaged 4.1



49ers own PFF's No. 9 ranked offensive and defensive lines

By David Bonilla
Jun 7, 2021

How good do you think the San Francisco 49ers offensive and defensive lines will be in 2021? Pro Football Focus weighed in, ranking each group across the 32 NFL teams. Interestingly, both lines came in at No. 9 when ranked against their respective groups across the league. On the offensive line side, much of that is thanks to the re-signing of eight-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Trent Williams. The veteran left tackle initially joined the 49ers last offseason via a trade from the Washington Football Team. "Trent Williams showed no rust after missing 2019 and finished with the highest grade among tackles in 2020 (91.9)," wrote analyst Steve


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone