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 added three rookie offensive linemen to the roster this spring, drafting Ian Silberman and Trenton Brown and signing UDFA Patrick Miller. All three face tough odds of making the roster, and Miller is probably the longest shot. Being a UDFA doesn't help, but he is also still working on building out his frame. Miller stands 6'7, but left college weighing 287 pounds. That's certainly not small, but he potentially will need to get his frame up closer to 300 pounds, while building out his strength.
Miller surprised a lot of people with his decision to turn pro a year early. He struggled to hold down a starting role during his college career, and was looking at another tough competition in his final season. His biggest positive is the massive frame, but it sounds like his technique is sorely lacking.
What to expect in 2015:
Miller's best shot is the practice squad. He needs to add weight and work on his technique, and needs time to develop. He will get preseason opportunities, but my guess is he probably ends up getting released in the early round of roster cuts. He could show enough to justify a spot through the end of training camp, but he is on the short list for the 75-man cutdown.
Odds of making the roster:
Slim, at best. I imagine the 49ers will look to get at least one of Silberman, Brown or Miller to the practice squad. Brown was getting first team work before Alex Boone returned to camp. It will be fascinating to see if any of those three manage to work their way up the depth chart sooner rather than later. The 49ers have a lot of question marks on the line, but also a lot of bodies. Ideally they can keep two of the three between the roster and the practice squad.