Each year, we run a series of post called "90-in-90" here at Niners Nation. The idea is that we'll take a look at every single player on the roster, from the very bottom to the top and break them down a few different ways. This is to help give everyone a basic understanding of a roster. Of course, this roster will change, and some days we'll have more than one so it's not strictly one per day but Fooch is a crazy person who manages this blog with no rhyme or reason and it's worked so far. Who am I to argue?
The San Francisco 49ers have some solid depth at the outside linebacker position, with Aaron Lynch and Eli Harold expected to make significant contributions in 2015. However, the team's options could potentially go a little further down the depth chart.
The 49ers announced their undrafted free signings back in May, and the focus of the group was at wide receiver. However, while the team did sign five wide receivers, an intriguing addition was college defensive end Marcus Rush. The Michigan State product played end in college, and finished his career with 18.5 sacks and 37.5 tackles for a loss over four seasons. He stands 6'3, 251 pounds, and due to that, he projects to outside linebacker in the NFL.
Rush's arm length comes in at 32.5 inches, which bodes well for him. However, one downside is his age. He is 24, which means there could be concern about how much more he will fill out at the NFL level. Here are a few scouting reports, to give you a better handle on what Rush brings to the table.
What to expect in 2015:
I see Rush as a strong candidate for the practice squad. If he did make the 53-man roster, it would be due to standout work on special teams. As the depth chart currently stands, Rush will not crack the pass rushing group, and so special teams is his best option. But again, the practice squad makes sense if the 49ers want to see what a year in an NFL system can do for him from a physical perspective.
Odds of making the roster:
His chances of making the 53-man roster are very slim. However, the practice squad makes a lot of sense. They've generally kept one or two linebackers, and I could see them keeping Rush and potentially Shayne Skov. Of course, if Rush shows some things on special teams, I could very well see him being picked up off waivers for a team looking to fill out a lesser roster.