Final 49ers 53-Man Roster Projection

Now that the 49ers 2011 preseason schedule is complete, the team will make their final roster cuts between now and early Saturday afternoon as they look to cut down to a 53-man roster. After last night's game, Coach Harbaugh mentioned how a lot of guys made decisions more difficult with their performance.

While that might be the case for whether to sign a guy to the practice squad, in going through a final 53-man roster projection, I just couldn't see any changes. Alex Joseph had a solid game yesterday but I think he had too far to come back and without first or early second string reps, it just wasn't going to happen. I'd argue my toughest remaining choice was whether Konrad Reuland or Nate Lawrie makes the team as the third tight end. Lawrie got second team snaps last night while Reuland came in later, but I still think Reuland is the pick.

I continue to believe Moran Norris makes the team. People might not like it, but considering he got the first team snaps early yesterday, I just don't see him getting cut. I could very well be wrong, but I'm not seeing it.

And Demarcus Dobbs remains on my 53-man roster after another strong performance. I was on the fence between Dobbs and Tukuafu heading into the Texans game, but Dobbs has brought a level of consistency that needs to be rewarded. I'm not sure where he'd fit into the rotation, but he's shown he can make some kind of legitimate impact. I'd say that would give the defensive line some solid depth heading into the season.

Head after the jump to view my final projection and feel free to criticize and offer up your own before cuts start coming down.

QB (3): Alex Smith, Josh McCown, Colin Kaepernick

RB (3)Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon, Kendall Hunter

FB (2)Moran NorrisBruce Miller

TE (3)Vernon DavisDelanie WalkerKonrad Reuland

WR (5)Braylon EdwardsMichael CrabtreeJosh Morgan, Kyle Williams, Ted Ginn

OT (3)Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, Alex Boone

OG (5)Mike IupatiChilo RachalAdam SnyderDaniel KilgoreMike Person

C (1)Jonathan Goodwin

NT (2)Isaac SopoagaIan Williams

DE (4)Justin SmithRay McDonald, Ricky Jean Francois, Demarcus Dobbs

OLB (4)Aldon SmithParys HaralsonAhmad BrooksAntwan Applewhite

ILB (4)Patrick WillisNaVorro BowmanLarry GrantBlake Costanzo

CB (6)Carlos RogersShawntae SpencerTarell BrownChris CulliverPhillip AdamsTramaine Brock

S (5)Dashon GoldsonDonte WhitnerReggie SmithMadieu WilliamsC.J. Spillman

K (1)David Akers

P (1)Andy Lee

LOS (1)Brian Jennings


Last Four On
: Ted Ginn, C.J. Spillman, Phillip Adams, Moran Norris

First Four OffWill TukuafuCurtis TaylorRonald JohnsonDominique Zeigler

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