A few weeks ago, I put together a look at the 49ers depth chart following the start of free agency. There have been several moves of note since then, and I thought it would be a good time to reflect those with an updated depth chart. The 49ers have not made the Colt McCoy trade official, but we'll include it just for argument's sake at this point.
I am sticking with the bubble watch style for this because I think it helps sort through the roster a little better. We could project the full 53, but without draft picks included, we know that would be off base. For now, here are the 61 players on the 49ers roster, sorted by status as a lock, strong bubble, bubble and long shot.
I made some adjustments from last time, as I think I was quick to overestimate the status of some players. I think quite a few of the strong bubble players will make the roster, but for each of them there is a reason I am hesitant to lock them in.
At quarterback, I have a hunch Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien both make the roster. That being said, the competition officially begins with the start of offseason workouts in two weeks. Maybe both make it, maybe one is dealt. The 49ers could very well add an undrafted free agent and decide Tolzien is far enough along that they unload McCoy before the end of training camp. There are enough question marks to keep it interesting.
Mario Manningham and Parys Haralson both restructured their contracts, but I am hesitant on locking both in for now. If healthy, Manningham would be a lock. However, the expectation is he will not be ready until late in training camp at the earliest. I think the 49ers likely stash him on the PUP list, but there is still that nagging suspicion they might cut ties if he is slow in recovery.
As for Haralson, I think he is close to a lock, but this depends in part on how Darius Fleming and Cam Johnson perform in training camp and the preseason. If they blow away the coaching staff, I imagine Haralson could be gone by the end of camp. I don't expect that to happen, but it is very possible.
Guys like Demarcus Dobbs and Dan Skuta are question marks for some folks, but I would be shocked if either did not make the roster. They will be two focal points on special teams, and Dobbs will likely get some opportunities in training camp to prove himself an asset on the defensive line.
As it currently stands, I have 37 players as locks. I have 12 players listed as strong bubble, and you could make reasonable arguments for each of those 12 to make the roster.
QB: Colin Kaepernick
RB: Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James
FB: Bruce Miller
WR: Michael Crabtree, A.J. Jenkins
WR: Anquan Boldin, Kyle Williams
TE: Vernon Davis
LT: Joe Staley
LG: Mike Iupati, Joe Looney
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore
RG: Alex Boone
RT: Anthony Davis
LDE: Ray McDonald, Demarcus Dobbs
NT: Glenn Dorsey
RDE: Justin Smith
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Dan Skuta
ILB: Patrick Willis
OLB: Ahmad Brooks
OLB: Aldon Smith
CB: Tarell Brown, Perrish Cox
CB: Carlos Rogers, Chris Culliver
FS: Craig Dahl, Trenton Robinson
SS: Donte Whitner, C.J. Spillman
K: Phil Dawson
P: Andy Lee
LOS: Brian Jennings
QB: Colt McCoy, Scott Tolzien
WR: Mario Manningham
RB: Anthony Dixon
TE: Garrett Celek
DT: Ian Williams, Will Tukuafu
OLB: Parys Haralson, Cam Johnson, Darius Fleming
CB: Tramaine Brock
S: Darcel McBath
RB: Jewel Hampton
LB: Michael Wilhoite
DL: Tony Jerod-Eddie
S: Michael Thomas
OL: Wayne Tribue, Al Netter, Kenny Wiggins
WR: Ricardo Lockette, Chad Hall, Marlon Moore
DL: Lamar Divens
LB: Nate Stupar