Justin Simmons, Broncos 6-2 • 202 pounds • 27 years old
The Boston College product is one of the best safeties in the NFL. Simmons played last year on the franchise tag (11.4 million) showing his value. He’s an instinctive safety who gets it done against the pass and run. He had 4 INTs in 2019, and then a career-high 5 in 2020.
Anthony Harris, Vikings 6-2 • 202 • 27
Harris played last year under the franchise tag after his superb 2019 campaign in which he picked off 6 passes and had 11 PDs. He wasn’t as good last year, (0 INTs, 7 PDs), but part of that could have been the Vikings’ lousy pass rush. He has a very good feel for the game and reads the quarterback’s eyes well.
Marcus Williams, Saints 6-1 • 195 • 24
A good center fielder with instinctive eyes, Williams had 13 INTs and 30 PDs over his four years in New Orleans. On top of that, he had 10 picks his last two years at Utah. He’s not a bad tackler, but not a thumper, either. His best role is as a free safety with a lot of coverage responsibilities.
Marcus Maye, Jets 6-0 • 211 • 28
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When Robert Saleh signed a five-year contract with the New York Jets, Jan. 14, he became the 35th former San Francisco assistant to use his time on the 49ers’ staff as a springboard to a future position as an NFL head coach. Several of those men made a big enough impact during their time with the team — and then later leading other teams, with 10 taking their new teams to the Super Bowl — to be included on this list of the Most Illustrious Assistant Coaches in 49ers history.
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