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 you get the idea.
With just over a week until the 49ers officially report for training camp, we’re nearing the end of the 90-in-90 posts. We have several big names left, but a few “Who??” guys to cover. Today, we look at offensive lineman Blake Muir!
The 49ers signed Muir as a UDFA out of Baylor, and for the Australians who started following the team with Jarryd Hayne’s arrival, Muir provides an excuse to stick around! Muir came to the United States from Australia, initially enrolling at Hawaii, and late transferring to Baylor. So, he’s got that going for him.
The Houston Texans posted some observations from Baylor’s Pro Day back in March, and they included a comment on Muir:
OL Blake Muir had a strong workout, doing 28 reps on the bench, posting a 32” vertical jump and a 9’8” broad jump. The Australian played a season at Hawai’i before starting his last two seasons at Baylor. He’s an impressive looking athlete, thick from head to toe, and the type of athletic body that we often see on NFL offensive linemen.
Muir got the fourth most guaranteed money, behind OL Alex Balducci, OLB Jason Fanaika, and WR Devon Cajuste. The 49ers played him at left guard in the offseason workout program, and he got some work on both the second and third teams.
Started 25 games over two seasons at Baylor University. As a senior, started all 13 games and was named First-Team All-Big 12 after being part of an offensive line that paved the way for the nation’s second rated rushing offense (326.7 yds. per game). In 2014, started 12 games at left guard and earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honors. In 2013, transferred from the University of Hawaii and sat out the season to fulfill the transfer requirements. In 2012, started 12 games at left tackle for the Rainbow Warriors and was named to the All-Mountain West Academic Team. Redshirted as a true freshman in 2011. Attended Kirrawee (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) HS and played football for the Sutherland Seahawks Gridiron Club. Born 5/10/91 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Signed a three-year rookie deal, with $20,000 in guaranteed money. That includes a $5,000 signing bonus and $15,000 in a first year salary guarantee. If he makes the roster, his base salary will be $450,000, and his cap hit will be $451,666.
What to expect in 2016
The guaranteed money would seem to suggest he has a good chance of earning a spot on the 49ers practice squad. If he did make the 49ers roster, I would expect him to be one of the inactive linemen, but the practice squad seems significantly more likely.
Odds of making the roster
I would say pretty slim. The Texans report is certainly encouraging, but the 49ers have a lot of bodies competing for opportunities. He’s older for a rookie, having graduated from high school back in 2008 and playing some semi-pro or amateur football in Australia before heading to the United States. He’ll need to make an impact quickly given his age, but I don’t expect it to happen in year one.