Here at Niners Nation, we're presenting a series called "90-in-90". We'll be looking at every player on the San Francisco 49ers offseason roster, one player per post, from now until the start of training camp.
Please be honest, and tell me how many of you let out a "Who?" when you saw the name on this post? Although not a house-hold name, Patrick Omameh could very well end up a Harbaugh favorite. The 49ers signed Omameh as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan, only a few days after Harbaugh had visited Michigan and taken snaps from him.
Omameh started his Michigan career as a reserve tackle, but quickly moved to right guard, where he became an entrenched starter in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Matt Barrows listed Omameh as a right tackle in his pre-training camp depth chart, but that seems to be an unlikely destination based on what we know. He spent most of his college career at guard, and Jim Harbaugh took some snaps from him during the workout. My guess is the team will work with him to handle all three interior line positions.
We've got a few different scouting reports on Omameh you can check out. You can read insights on him at NFL.com, National Football Post and Draft Insider. They all like his explosiveness and athleticism. It seems like as is the case with many late round picks, he's more of a raw athlete who needs to work on technique. Considering he started for three seasons at Michigan, that isn't exactly the most inspiring possibility. I suppose it could have been bad coaching, but it's hard to shake the idea that maybe he's just not going to develop to that next level. We'll see what training camp brings.
What to expect in 2013
I suppose Omameh could surprise some people and steal a job, but more than likely, he is looking at the practice squad at best. And even that is not exactly a strong proposition. The 49ers have a lot of young offensive line talent, and I just can't see them keeping a guy like Omameh, where maybe we already know what he'll bring to the table. He'll get second half snaps in the preseason, but he's going to need to jump off the film pretty quickly if he wants to climb up the depth chart. If he does in fact play tackle, his chances might be better than interior line. Either way, I think most of us would be pretty shocked if he was on the 53-man roster as a reserve offensive lineman.
Odds of making the roster
I don't even know if I'd say slim at this point. He'll get his opportunities, and maybe he does need some development time on the practice squad. It's hard to say much more at this point until we start getting some training camp reports, and see him in the preseason.