The last of the NFL rookie minicamps got started on Friday, which means virtually every healthy rookie will have gotten on the practice field by the end of the weekend. OTAs start next week for the San Francisco 49ers, and we'll start to get at least a little bit better handle on the pre-training camp depth chart.
The 49ers offensive line appeared fairly settled following the 2016 NFL Draft. From left to right, it would likely include Joe Staley, Zane Beadles, Daniel Kilgore, Joshua Garnett, and Trenton Brown. However, it is hard to tell exactly how secure Brown's spot is on the right side. Ignoring Anthony Davis for the time-being, the 49ers drafted John Theus and Fahn Cooper in the fifth round of this year's draft. Both will compete for some kind of opportunity, but one media member suggested Theus could be in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
Chase Goodbread put together a ranking of the top 100 rookies based on their projected Year 1 impact. He had DeForest Buckner ranked No. 14, and Joshua Garnett ranked No. 34. Both first round picks will get significant opportunities in 2016. The only other 49ers draft pick to get on the list was John Theus at No. 98. Goodbread had this short statement:
He won't be handed a starting job, but don't be surprised if he earns it before the end of the season.
Theus has extensive starting experience, and has played on both sides of the line. My guess is he has a strong chance of earning the swing tackle role. But we don't know what Chip Kelly and the offensive coaching staff will have in mind at right tackle later this summer. Brown was the starter to close the 2015 season, but a complete overhaul to the coaching staff and the offensive philosophy could open the door for some significant changes.