The San Francisco 49ers had relatively few problems to solve when the team entered into the 2014 offseason.
One of them was upgrading the cornerback position.
After falling short of their Super Bowl dreams last year, the 49ers had some tough choices to make when it came to addressing the needs in their secondary—considerably the weakest point in what otherwise should be classified as an elite defense.
Veteran cornerbacks Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers were let go, primarily due to contractual obligations.
The team also reinforced the position via free agency—adding former Minnesota Vikings corner Chris Cook.
Then came the 2014 NFL draft. Speculation should have indicated the 49ers would have used one of their high draft picks to select a corner.
Essentially they did this—drafting defensive back Jimmie Ward out of Northern Illinois with their first pick in Round 1.
The team also added complementary corners Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker and Keith Reaser later in the draft.
Combine these additions with returning veterans like Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver, and suddenly San Francisco's defensive backfield has the opportunity to be one of the strong points on the 49ers defense this season.
For starters, there is unquestioned depth. Sure, many of the players listed at the position will not make the final 53-man roster at Week 1. There will be plenty of competition in the weeks leading up to the regular season.
Competition is always a good thing.
In this slideshow, we shall take a detailed look at the 49ers' cornerback position, evaluating each player on the roster and providing a detailed analysis and prediction as to where he will fit in to San Francisco's season plans.
Which players earn which jobs? Who will be the Nos. 1 and 2 starters? Where will the primary competition land?
Let's try to answer each of these questions.