The 49ers selected Kenneth Acker out of Southern Methodist with their sixth-round draft pick (180th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. At 6-0, 190 pounds, Acker can develop into a future CB with immediate help on special teams.
By simply watching Aker’s film one can see his has an instinctual knack for where the ball will end up. Recording 46 tackles and 3 interceptions in his senior season, Kenneth was named to the All-American Athletic Conference 2nd team and on the Jim Thorpe Award watch list. He was also able to defend 16 passes which was 2nd best in the American Conference and 11th in the nation. He is a shut-down corner who puts the pressure on the opposing receivers. Not only able to shut down offenses, Acker is also very adept at making plays on special teams. Able to get yards on kick and punt returns, Acker has made himself into an offensive and defensive threat. Former coach June Jones spoke of former player Kenneth Acker and only had words of praise for his top defensive back. “He’s a talented player. He can make an impact on both sides of the ball.” Kenneth also had the opportunity in high school to play special teams and wide receiver.
Acker will need to develop his skills in press coverage, but will compete for playing time with Perrish Cox, Dontae Johnson, Chris Cook, Perrish Cox and Eric Wright for a spot on the roster. He impressed scouts at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl where his stock improved.
He should be a good tackler and gunner on special teams if given a chance, but will need to refine his coverage abilities if he wants time on defense.