The 49ers intercepted all of two passes last season. They surpassed that total in the 2019 season opener alone after picking off Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston three times in Week 1, but there's no doubt San Francisco could still use help in its defensive backfield.
And perhaps the best cornerback in the NFL seems to be available.
Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey wants out of Jacksonville and requested a trade Monday. ESPN's Louis Riddick believes the 49ers would be the best fit for Ramsey's services. The former six-year pro himself says Ramsey would be the "cherry on top" for the 49ers.
"They've taken care of the first two levels of their defense," Riddick said Monday night. "They have pass rushers galore now that can really make life miserable for opposing quarterbacks. They have speed at linebacker ... they just need someone in the back end who can play the type of system Robert Saleh, the defensive coordinator, wants to play."
Not only would Ramsey, 24, fit Saleh's scheme, the two already are familiar with each other. Saleh was the Jaguars' linebackers coach in 2016 when Ramsey was a rookie.
The 49ers seem to have a formidable duo of cornerbacks in Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon, but Ramsey simply is a talent you can't pass up. Witherspoon has immensely improved in his third season. However, Ramsey already is a bona fide superstar.
"I think that's the team that makes perfect sense," Riddick said. "It could really propel them and catapult them."
After their first 2-0 start since 2012, adding a talent like Ramsey would only increase the 49ers' chances of making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.