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May 10, 2014
Sixth round: 49ers take third cornerback of the day, Kenneth Acker


No. 180. Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU.

The 49ers didn't take a cornerback on the first two days of the draft, but they have taken three today. Acker (5-11, 190) had 16 pass deflections and three interceptions last season for SMU. When the Mustangs played Texas A&M on Sept. 21, they lost 42-13. But Acker had a good game against receiver Mike Evans, a Top 10 pick to Tampa Bay, limiting the big wideout to two catches for 57 yards and no touchdowns.

Acker picked off three passes in 2012 as well, returning one of them for a touchdown. He was one of the most athletic players on the squad, so much so that coaches gave him a look at wide receiver before the season. Acker suffered a hernia in the spring, however, which he said halted his move to receiver. He also has some punt- and kick-returning experience. He handled 14 punts in four seasons, averaging 8.1 yards a return. Acker said he would have done more of that last year, but injuries at his position meant that coaches didn't want to risk him on special teams.

"I went out there a lot for the sure-hands guys just to make sure we got possession of the ball," Acker said on a conference call.

Acker joins a cornerback group that includes fourth-round pick Dontae Johnson and fifth rounder Keith Reaser, who is unlikely to play in 2014. in addition, the 49ers used their first-round pick on safety Jimmie Ward, who is expected to play nickel cornerback. The team's starters promise to be Tramaine Brock and Chris Culliver.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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