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 find themselves short two offensive linemen this year, following the free agency departure of Mike Iupati, and the retirement of Anthony Davis. The team was prepared for Iupati's departure, but Davis's retirement likely caught them at least a little bit off-guard.
The team invested in a pair of offensive linemen this year, drafting Ian Silberman in the sixth round and Trenton Brown in the seventh round. Silberman spent 2014 with Boston College, but actually transferred there after several years at Florida with Brown. Silberman dealt with injury issues at Florida, particularly shoulder problems that derailed his career. He transferred to Boston College after graduating (with one year of eligibility remaining), and got in a full season starting at right tackle.
Silberman's scouting report is a guy with significant strength, but fairly slow. He will likely compete wherever he can on the line, but scouting reports indicate his best chance at a roster spot might be at guard. We still don't know exactly what will happen with Alex Boone this year, and his long-term future with the team is undetermined. Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin could both end up at guard positions, but there are still some opportunities available.
What to expect in 2015:
Silberman will get plenty of opportunities in the preseason. He very well could find himself getting second team snaps early in camp. In 2015 however, I would expect him to compete for a practice squad spot. There are opportunities Silberman or Brown to slip into a 53-man roster spot, but it would take a lot of things going in their favor. If Silberman did make the roster, I imagine he would be inactive for a sizable chunk of games.
Odds of making the roster:
I would go with fairly slim. The roster locks at this point would seem to be Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin and Brandon Thomas. Erik Pears is likely pretty close in there as well. That leaves a whole bunch of guys competing for one or two spots. That includes Silberman, Brown, Joe Looney, Dillon Farrell and others. I just don't see it panning out this year. Maybe next year or 2017, but for 2015, the practice squad is his best opportunity.