The San Francisco 49ers depth chart at cornerback looks quite different this year without Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers, but they still have quality talent at the position. Tramaine Brock played at a high level last year before earning an in-season contract extension during his time replacing an injured Brown, Chris Culliver is a talented player filled with off-field issues, and rookie safety Jimmie Ward has the ability to lock it down in slot coverage.
According to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, projected No. 2 cornerback Culliver has been medically cleared for the start of training camp, though this was the obvious end result for the 25-year-old South Carolina product, who wasn’t placed on the active/PUP list. Culliver tore his left ACL during training camp last year, and it would have been a tough blow to the 49ers defense had Brock not broken out last season.
Culliver, who defended 15 passes in 2012 after a promising rookie season, is back now, and he figures to be a key part of a 49ers secondary that some still have questions about. I think the 49ers defensive backs still comprise a strong unit, but they can’t afford a key injury back there. Hopefully Culliver can stay healthy and out of trouble this upcoming season, especially since the 49ers front office has enough on their plates with possible holdouts in Alex Boone and Vernon Davis.