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5 Things to Know about 49ers CB Will Redmond

Posted May 4, 2016

Here are five things to help you get to know San Francisco’s third-round pick out of Mississippi State.

 

The San Francisco 49ers only had one pick on Day 2 of the 2016 NFL Draft, and the team used it to bolster its secondary with Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond

Here are five things to help you get to know San Francisco’s third-round pick.

1. He had a productive career as a Bulldog

Redmond’s bio on the Mississippi State’s website calls him an “elite, lockdown corner who has promising potential at the next level.” The defensive back started seven games during his career and made 27 total appearances. After redshirting in 2012, Redmond tallied 99 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and five interceptions from 2013-15.

2. His promising 2015 season was cut short

Redmond already had two interceptions through six games in 2015 before a stroke of misfortune. A torn ACL during an October practice session may have ended his season, but it didn’t deter him from his professional goals.

“Well, it was just a one-on-one at practice, just a bad deal," Redmond said. "First thing I thought about was just ‘I’ve got to get back right,’ because I know I love playing football and I love doing it every day.”

3. He could be ready for training camp

This isn’t the first player the 49ers have drafted who is coming off of an ACL injury. Previous examples include DeAndre Smelter, Brandon Thomas and Keith Reaser, all of whome spent their rookie seasons on Injured Reserve.

Trent Baalke was firm in his belief that Redmond could be ready to compete as soon as training camp.

“He will be healthy. He will be ready to go,” Baalke said. “We feel very good about where he’s at.”

Redmond also has no plans to spend his rookie season on IR.

“Oh yes," he said. "I expect to play in 2016.”

And by the looks of it, he’s already well on his way to getting back on the field.

4. He recently gave back in his hometown

The Memphis, Tenn., native paid a visit to a local fourth- and fifth-grade classroom at Dunbar Elementary after getting drafted by the 49ers. Redmond, while rocking his new team colors, tweeted a picture with the class he spoke to.

5. He is a former four-star high school recruit

Redmond did it all in high school as a two-way player and star return man. He racked up 1,355 total yards on offense with 18 touchdowns as a senior in 2011. Defensively, Redmond tallied 51 tackles and four interceptions. He added 318 kick return yards and two more scores on special teams.

The impressive numbers made Redmond the seventh-ranked prospect out of Tennessee in his class.

Additionally, Redmond's team at Manassas High School was featured in a documentary titled "Undefeated." The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. You can watch the trailer here. It's worth your time.


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