49ers hoping for a sleeper at safety in Adrian Colbert

49ers selected Adrian Colbert with the 229th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
49ers rookie safety Adrian Colbert speaks with reporters before rookie minicamp.

Several rounds after drafting a lanky defensive back, the San Francisco 49ers once again prioritized length and athleticism in selecting Miami defensive back Adrian Colbert with the 229th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. While Colbert flew under the radar in most pre-draft analyses, the 49ers may have found a hard-hitting sleeper at safety if Colbert can make the team and stay healthy.


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Adrian Colbert stands 6’2″ and weighs 205 pounds. He posted strong pro day numbers, including a sub 4.4 second 40 yard dash. Colbert hails from Mineral Wells, Texas, and played his first three seasons at the University of Texas before transferring to the University of Miami. During his senior redshirt season at Miami, Colbert finished with 22 tackles (13 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception and three pass breakups. He saw action in 8 games, starting two and missing five due to injury.

Colbert’s biggest potential weaknesses are his tendency toward injury and technique at the cornerback position. While they can’t control for injury, the 49ers drafted Colbert as a safety and hope that he can develop the hard hitting style of his favorite player – Earl Thomas. Currently, Colbert sits at 3rd string strong safety behind Eric Reid and Jaquiski Tartt. If he stays healthy and makes the team, Adrian Colbert could end up being a contributor to special teams in the near future and perhaps a player like Louis Delmas down the road.

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