1. Jimmie Ward
San Francisco was willing to use a first-round pick on Jimmie Ward back in 2014, as the last five seasons have made it clear it was worth going with the safety early on, but unfortunately this is a business where good things sometimes must come to an end.
Whether he wants to hear it or not, Ward is going to receive plenty of criticism from potential suitors over his history of injuries since there’s only been one occasion over the last five years in which he’s played a full season.
Even these past two seasons, Ward was limited to seven games in 2017 and nine this past season, both of which involved a broken forearm.
While the 49ers will take into consideration bringing Ward back for a sixth season, they also don’t want to end up overpaying when the money can be used for other positions to fill certain team needs.
Since the Rams could be without Lamarcus Joyner in 2019, the safety position could be heavily explored in free agency to help fill a potential void, and while the injuries would most likely be a concern, Los Angeles may still be willing to take the chance, based off their history with others.