2. JaMycal Hasty, RB, Baylor
JaMycal Hasty is the prototypical third-down back. With a low center of gravity at 5-foot-8, 205 pounds, his ability to stay balanced through contact is notable. He is shifty and can make defenders miss in tight spaces.
His receiving ability is what gives him a good chance to make somebody’s roster in the future if not with the 49ers. Hasty has soft hands and is a solid route-runner out of the backfield.
From his sophomore to senior years he caught at least 25 passes with his highest yardage mark coming last season, with 184. His highest rushing total was also last season as a senior, with 627 yards on a 5.8 average.
I’m personally confident Hasty will at least make the practice squad, but he may also be in direct competition with the oft-injured Jerrick McKinnon who will be returning this season and possesses a similar set of skills.
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1. DeMarkus Acy, CB, Missouri
DeMarkus Acy is built like a prototypical big press-man corner standing at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. Acy quickly became a big part of the Missouri defense becoming a full-time starter in only his sophomore season.
That season he didn’t have much ball production, with no interceptions and only five deflections, but did accumulate 5.5 tackles for a loss. His junior year was his best. Acy racked up 30 total tackles, 10 pass deflections, and all three of his career interceptions.
His performance earned him second-team All-SEC honors. As a senior, he missed two games and his production went way down, especially his tackles. Acy had 15 total tackles, zero tackles for a loss or sacks, no interceptions, and only five pass breakups.
Acy has a nice package of physical traits, but his technique needs some refinement. He also has some stiffness in the hips and lacks the ideal long speed you want in a corner.
However, he is a perfect match in the 49ers zone-heavy scheme where Richard Sherman, who also lacks long-speed, earned All-Pro honors.
He is willing to come up in run support and is mostly good as a tackler for a cornerback but does need to consistently wrap up more. The willingness to hit does give him potential on special teams where guys fighting for roster spots need to perform well.
It is possible Acy moves to safety, he has the tools, though with four cornerbacks on the 49ers current roster becoming unrestricted free agents next season, there is a good chance he sticks to the practice squad if he can impress the coaching staff before the season is underway.
All things considered, I think Acy is the most talented player of the crop and has a real chance of being a heavy contributor down the line.