Yesterday afternoon I wondered over to 49ers.com to check out something on the 49ers roster and noticed they had switched everybody over to the active roster. They no longer list players on the practice squad or on injured reserve. Rather, every player is listed as active. This includes all potential free agents, who technically remain under a sort of team control until the start of the new year.
Once free agency and the draft happen, we spend much of the offseason breaking down the roster and trying to figure out various permutations of the 53-man roster and the practice squad. Given the quantity of 49ers free agents this year, I thought I'd put together the current depth chart based on the existing roster, minus all impending free agents. The only exceptions are Tramaine Brock and Will Tukuafu. They are listed as exclusive rights free agents which means they have to sign the contract the 49ers give them or sit out of the NFL.
Some of the recent Future/Reserve contract guys are listed at tackle or linebacker or safety, and I just sort of slotted them in somewhere. While several of the names after the jump will not make the final 53-man roster in seven months, there are some intriguing talents that could make for some intriguing training camp battles. WR Dontavia Bogan and CB Curtis Holcomb are both extremely intriguing coming off season-ending injuries in 2011. Both have been rehabbing all season long and just based off their comments on twitter, they are already pumped for training camp.
Of course, with this kind of breakdown, for some of these guys it reminds me of a classic scene from Major League (not the best quality).
QB: Colin Kaepernick, Scott Tolzien
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael Crabtree, Dontavia Bogan, Kyle Nelson
WR: Kyle Williams, Joe Hastings
TE: Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Nate Byham, Konrad Reuland
LT: Joe Staley, Alex Boone
LG: Mike Iupati
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Chase Beeler
RG: Daniel Kilgore
RT: Anthony Davis, Mike Person, Derek Hall
LDE: Ray McDonald, Demarcus Dobbs
NT: Isaac Sopoaga, Ian Williams
RDE: Justin Smith, Ricky Jean Francois, Will Tukuafu
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Mike Wilhoite
ILB: Patrick Willis
OLB: Parys Haralson
OLB: Aldon Smith
CB: Tarell Brown, Tramaine Brock, Cory Nelms
CB: Chris Culliver, Shawntae Spencer, Curtis Holcomb
FS: Colin Jones, Mark LeGree
SS: Donte Whitner
K: David Akers
P: Andy Lee
LOS: Brian Jennings