Yesterday afternoon, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke took part in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. Given that we've got three months of downtime ahead of us, I thought I'd break down the interview in a few separate posts. Baalke addressed numerous topics, including some discussion about Michael Crabtree's potential heading into 2012.
Earlier in the interview, he was asked about Anthony Davis and the right guard position (thanks again to Cam Inman for transcribing the interview):
Is there a chance right tackle Anthony Davis gets a shot at guard, and with Boone being ready to be a full-time tackle? "We're looking at every option right now. The one thing that's fun to see is our guys are very unselfish. You talk to Anthony - some guys would refuse to make the move or would not want to make the move - our guys want to do what's best for the football team. We're going to look at all options and all scenarios in order to put the five best (linemen) on the field. ... I'm confident the coaches are going to find the right mix."
There has been a lot of chatter here about moving Davis inside to the guard position. The team drafted Daniel Kilgore in the fifth round last year and then added Joe Looney in the fourth round this past weekend. Both will get plenty of opportunity to take over the right guard position, but given their draft position, the team does not have a lot of money invested in either player.
If the team is serious about giving Anthony Davis a chance to win the right guard position, it could make for an interesting shuffle along the offensive line. Alex Boone would likely work his way into the starting lineup at tackle. If Davis were to end up winning the right guard position (all a hypothetical at this point), I imagine he would remain the backup tackle with Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney developing into the backup interior linemen.
This is all speculation at this point, but it makes for a bit of an interesting exercise to consider.