Witherspoon hopes to up his run-game defense

By |Published On: May 21st, 2017 at 8:49 AM|
Witherspoon hopes to up his run-game defense | PFF

The San Francisco rookie produced well as a pass defender in college, but his production against the run was much less impressive.

(Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

(Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

  • San Francisco 49ers rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon said he agrees with general manager John Lynch that he needs to improve his physicality against the run.
  • The former Colorado Buffalo, who plans to attend medical school after his NFL career, ranked 107th in the class as a run defender — well below average.
  • Witherspoon had the 156th-best tackling efficiency in the 2017 draft class and his 0.6 run-stop percentage ranked 114.
  • On the plus side, Witherspoon used his 6-foot-3 frame to lead the nation in passes defensed with 13 and graded out as a top-15 cover man, which is where he will earn his paycheck.

Ahkello Witherspoon

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