49ers sign three undrafted defensive backs

The 49ers announced a wave of undrafted free agent signings on Monday and they added four more names to the group on Tuesday.

Three of the four players will vie for work in the defensive backfield. The other addition is former UCLA offensive lineman Najee Toran.

Safety Corey Griffin started 26 games for Georgia Tech and closed his college career with 50 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception during the 2017 season. Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden was second-team All-ACC for Florida State last year after making the first team on the back of eight interceptions in 2016.

Likely motivated once again in a contract year, Richardson could do big things for a defense that already ranked No. 1 in football in points and yards allowed in 2017.

Mathieu will have to prove that he can stay healthy and bounce back from an off year, and it’s easy to understand why the Cardinals decided to get out of his expensive contract. But the Texans have little to lose here—and a lot to gain.

As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Barrett was getting Heisman Trophy consideration before suffering a broken ankle against Michigan. Cardale Jones replaced Barrett, and Ohio State went on to win the national championship.

But we can say the Cleveland Browns had the right approach by taking him.

They had to finally swing the bat on a quarterback early after trading away picks that were ultimately used on Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the last two drafts, and in this case they went with one of the safer options among the top quarterback prospects.

The Browns could have selected a more physically intriguing quarterback in combine superstar Josh Allen, but Allen completed just 56.2 percent of his passes at Wy-freakin’-oming. And even USC product Sam Darnold will enter the league with questions about his tendency to turn the ball over. Meanwhile, the accurate Mayfield threw just 30 interceptions over the course of four years as a starter in the Big 12, including just six in his senior campaign. broncos_072_0380fba8ffdf82cf-180x180

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