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San Francisco 49ers 53-man roster projection, post-2015 NFL Draft

The San Francisco 49ers have added ten draft picks, and reportedly signed eight undrafted free agents. The time has come for the first 53-man projection of the offseason. What does yours look like?

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The 2015 NFL Draft wrapped up less than 48 hours ago, but if we can look at draft grades, you better believe we can put together a 53-man roster projection for the San Francisco 49ers. The team still has rookie minicamp, OTAs, mandatory minicamp, training camp and four preseason games, but consider an initial base-line assessment of the roster.

First up, here is is the full roster as it currently stands. The table lists the 81 current signed or drafted players. Below that is the list of eight undrafted free agents connected to the team. Players or schools announced these signings, but the 49ers have not made them official. And for purposes of our 53-man roster projection, we can safely assume they are long-shots. That might change as we head into training camp and preseason games, but for now, they are on the outside looking in.

Players currently on roster: 81

QB Colin Kaepernick
QB Blaine Gabbert

RB Carlos Hyde
RB Kendall Hunter
RB Reggie Bush
RB Kendall Gaskins
RB Jarryd Hayne
RB Mike Davis

FB Bruce Miller
FB Trey Millard

WR Anquan Boldin
WR Torrey Smith
WR Quinton Patton
WR Bruce Ellington
WR Chuck Jacobs
WR Jerome Simpson
WR DeAndre Smelter

TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
TE Garrett Celek
TE Derek Carrier
TE Asante Cleveland
TE Xavier Grimble
TE Blake Bell
TE Rory Anderson

OT Joe Staley
OT Anthony Davis
OT Chris Martin
OT Erik Pears

OG Alex Boone
OG Joe Looney
OG Brandon Thomas
OG Andrew Tiller
OL Ian Silberman
OL Trenton Brown

C Daniel Kilgore
C Marcus Martin
C Dillon Farrell

DL Justin Smith
DL Darnell Dockett
DL Ian Williams
DL Glenn Dorsey
DL Tank Carradine
DL Quinton Dial
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
DL Lawrence Okoye
DL Mike Purcell
DL Kaleb Ramsey
DL Garrison Smith
DL Arik Armstead

ILB NaVorro Bowman
ILB Michael Wilhoite
ILB Nick Moody
ILB Shayne Skov
ILB Desmond Bishop
ILB Nick Bellore
ILB Phillip Wheeler

OLB Aldon Smith
OLB Ahmad Brooks
OLB Corey Lemonier
OLB Aaron Lynch
OLB Chase Thomas
OLB Eli Harold

CB Tramaine Brock
CB Dontae Johnson
CB Chris Cook
CB Shareece Wright
CB Keith Reaser
CB Kenneth Acker
CB Leon McFadden
CB Marcus Cromartie

S Eric Reid
S Antoine Bethea
S Craig Dahl
S James McCray
DB Jimmie Ward
S Jaquiski Tartt

K Phil Dawson

P Andy Lee
P Bradley Pinion

LS Kyle Nelson

Reported UDFA signings (8): QB Dylan Thompson, OLB Marcus Rush, OL Patrick Miller, WR Dres Anderson, WR Issac Blakeney, WR Darius Davis, WR DiAndre Campbell, WR DeAndrew White

We will be breaking down all of the position groups in a variety of ways through the offseason. It's safe to say that tight end group in particular will be interesting to say the least. The team has eight tight ends on the roster. Two of them are particularly intriguing for a couple reasons. Blake Bell played quarterback for a sizable chunk of his college career, and could very well end up as the team's emergency quarterback. Derek Carrier was converted from wide receiver, and given some of the roster limitations, I do wonder if he see him handle more of a hybrid role.

First and foremost, I am operating under the assumption that Justin Smith is going to retire. That is based just on my own hunch, as opposed to any sort of inside information.

There are a lot of things that we could potentially change in this, and I'm sure people will opine accordingly. Two fullbacks is an oddity in this era of the NFL, but Millard seems like a versatile option that could handle a lot of special teams work, but also potentially do some work as an h-back.

I only have four wide receivers, and one of them is not Quinton Patton. After Boldin, Smith and Ellington (who I think is effectively a lock to make the roster this year), it is all up in the air. Patton has had limited opportunities, but that could also come from the team just not liking what they see in practice. Of course, an entirely new coaching staff could bring entirely new opinions about some of the second and third year youngsters. I only went with four receivers because of the idea that maybe Carrier is split out wide a little more often, effectively being a fifth wide receiver.

The 49ers kept five cornerbacks on their 53-man roster at the end of training camp last year. I have them with six for now, and that is without Chris Cook. I felt Cook looked solid last year before getting hurt, but the numbers game is not in his favor. We know nothing about Reaser, and all we know about Acker was a strong training camp before being placed on injured reserve.

Fooch's update: Patton gets one more shot to correct for only have five corners but saying six.

QB (2): Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert
RB (3): Carlos Hyde, Mike Davis, Reggie Bush
FB (2): Bruce Miller, Trey Millard
WR (5): Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Bruce Ellington, Jerome Simpson, Quinton Patton
TE (4): Vernon Davis, Vance McDonald, Blake Bell, Derek Carrier
OT (3): Joe Staley, Anthony Davis, Erik Pears
OG (3): Alex Boone, Brandon Thomas, Joe Looney
C (2): Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin

DT (7): Darnell Dockett, Glenn Dorsey, Ian Williams, Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Arik Armstead
OLB (4): Aldon Smith, Aaron Lynch, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold
ILB (5): NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite, Phillip Wheeler, Nick Moody, Nick Bellore
CB (5): Tramaine Brock, Shareece Wright, Dontae Johnson, Kenneth Acker, Keith Reaser
FS (3): Eric Reid, Craig Dahl, Jimmie Ward
SS (2): Antoine Bethea, Jaquiski Tartt

P (1): Bradley Pinion
K (1): Phil Dawson
LS (1): Kyle Nelson

NFI: WR DeAndre Smelter (ACL), TE Rory Anderson (triceps)

Practice squad candidates: OL Ian Silberman, OL Trenton Brown, OL Dillon Farrell, RB Jarryd Hayne, QB Dylan Thompson, name your favorite random player of choice.