49ers Coaching Staff Releases Unofficial Depth Chart

Considering the 49ers have a game in a few days, a depth chart is certainly a useful tool.  Of course, given the fact that several spots in the lineup are in the midst of heated competition, an unofficial depth chart can give us some strong clues about position battles.

Offense

Position 1st string 2nd string 3rd string 4th string
WR Bryant Johnson Jason Hill Ashley Lelie J. Morgan/C. Colvin
LT Joe Staley Damane Duckett Joe Toledo Ramiro Pruneda
LG Adam Snyder Brian De La Puente
C Eric Heitmann Cody Wallace
RG Tony Wragge Chilo Rachal John Booker
RT Jonas Jennings Barry Sims Alan Reuber
TE Vernon Davis Delanie Walker Billy Bajema C. Wallace/JJ Finley
WR Isaac Bruce Arnaz Battle Dominique Zeigler Jerard Rabb
QB Alex Smith Shaun Hill J.T. O'Sullivan Kyle Wright
RB Frank Gore DeShaun Foster Michael Robinson Thomas Clayton
FB Moran Norris Zak Keasey

First off, at the 49ers website, the 3 QBs are all listed under the #1 slot.  I just split them out because of the lack of room in the single box.

Not a ton of surprises here.  Based on what Maiocco and Barrows have described from practice, Zak Keasey has been getting most of the first team snaps.  They list Norris first, but we'll learn more once the games get under way. 

The only other real interesting spot is seeing Jason Hill leapfrogged over Ashley Lelie.  I'd imagine much of that has to do with Lelie's injury, but it's definitely a precarious position.  Additionally, Dominique Zeigler is ahead of Josh Morgan on the depth chart right now.  If Morgan could pass Lelie, we could see some real youth at the end of the depth chart at wide receiver.

Defense

Position 1st string 2nd string 3rd string 4th string
DE Isaac Sopoaga Kentwan Balmer Walter Curry
NT Aubrayo Franklin Ronald Fields Joe Cohen Atiyyah Ellison
DE Justin Smith Ray McDonald LaJuan Ramsey Louis Holmes
OLB Manny Lawson Jay Moore
MLB Jeff Ulbrich Brandon Moore Larry Grant
MLB Patrick Willis Dontarrious Thomas Dennis Haley
OLB Parys Haralson Tully Banta-Cain Roderick Green
CB Nate Clements Donald Strickland Tarell Brown A. Rossum/M. Curry
CB Walt Harris Shawntae Spencer Marcus Hudson Reggie Smith
SS Michael Lewis Keith Lewis Lewis Baker
FS Mark Roman Dashon Goldson DJ Parker

Not too many surprises on defense.  The "Ted" position remains a mystery beyond Jeff Ulbrich.  The second team defense this Friday will tell us a lot about the middle linebackers.  I'm not surprised Donald Strickland is ahead of Brown and Smith on the depth chart.  Strickland has made some plays for the team and proven himself up to this point.

Special Teams

Position 1st string 2nd string 3rd string
K Joe Nedney Ricky Schmitt
P Andy Lee Ricky Schmitt
KR Allen Rossum Michael Robinson Josh Morgan
PR Allen Rossum Arnaz Battle Nate Clements
LS Brian Jennings Billy Bajema
Holder Andy Lee Arnaz Battle

All in all, not a whole lot of surprises in the various depth charts.  I definitely think Ashley Lelie has his work cut out for him if he even wants to make the 53-man roster.  He was limping after practice today from what he called "fatigue."  Gonna be an interesting few weeks coming up.

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