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49ers sixth-round pick Tim Harris earns praise from John Lynch at rookie mini-camp

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The San Francisco 49ers selected former University of Virginia Cavaliers cornerback Tim Harris in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. With the NFC West franchise absolutely loading up on defense throughout the offseason, the recent NFL Draft was certainly no different as the 49ers selected former Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Nick Bosa, who is slated to make an immediate impact in San Francisco, with the No. 2 overall pick.

However, there is a lot less expected from Harris heading into the 2019-20 season due to his status as a sixth-round pick versus Bosa’s status as a first round. Nonetheless, the 49ers and general manager John Lynch already like what they see from the up-and-coming defensive back so it seems.

“Your UVA guy had a hell of a practice,” Lynch said, via Matt Barrows of The Athletic,¬†after a recent rookie mini-camp practice.

Harris was not expected to even get drafted this past month, according to most experts, while the soon-to-be rookie defender could contribute in San Francisco sooner rather than later.

“Harris has rare size, speed and explosiveness traits that could make him a coveted priority free agent, but his injury history, modest ball production and inability to match play to the traits are likely to leave him undrafted,” reads his 2019 NFL Draft profile on NFL.com. “There are physical check marks in his favor, but he will need to play a much more instinctive brand of football to cover NFL receivers.”

The 49ers will be forced to compete alongside three improved team’s in the NFC West, however, with the Los Angeles Rams expected to remain atop the standings.