San Francisco 49ers: Safety Craig Dahl Signed as Team Looks to Draft

By Thomas Emerick
Craig Dahl San Francisco 49ers
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Dashon Goldson‘s departure left the San Francisco 49ers with major questions at the safety spot. Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio rotates a relatively small number of players on defense, generally keeping the same 11 on the field except for switching cornerback Chris Culliver in for nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga.

Suffice to say, Donte Whitner and Goldson held down the fort at safety which in turn left the reserves at this position very much inexperienced. They went about addressing it Saturday, signing former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl on Saturday, according to the Niners’ Twitter account.

However, with strong draft for safeties upcoming, there is little certainty of Dahl snagging the starting job opposite Whitner.

“With 14 picks in April’s draft, including at least five in the first three rounds, the 49ers will surely target one of the top safety prospects,” the San Francisco Chronicle noted. “In fact, a source told The Chronicle this week the Niners have ‘spent plenty of time doing background’ on LSU safety Eric Reid.” Dahl then told the Chronicle, “Whether I’m lined up out there from day one, it’s always going to be a competition to keep your job once you’re the starter. I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given, and I hope to be that guy.”

FIU’s Johnathan Cyprien, Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro, Florida’s Matt Elam, USC’s T.J. McDonald and Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo are also among prized safety prospects likely headed for the early rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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