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How many locks do the 49ers have under new management?

The 49ers roster churn is ongoing. It makes it a little more difficult to figure out the true locks on the roster.

The San Francisco 49ers made three roster moves on Monday, signing three rookies, and releasing three players to remain at the 90-man limit. Two of the three moves were at least a little bit surprising, getting rid of K.D. Cannon after only three days with the team, and DuJuan Harris after re-signing him in late March. They were not stunning decisions as there was not a lot of guaranteed money involved, but it was still rather sudden.

Prior to the first round of roster cuts last week, I put together a post looking at players that were locks, safe, or in danger. I missed on several of them including DuJuan Harris, Jayson DiManche, Je’Ron Hamm, and JaCorey Shepherd. Hamm and Shepherd I probably should have seen as more likely. Harris and DiManche weren’t the guys that were going to make or break the 49ers in 2017, but given their recent signings, I figured they would at least make it to training camp. Not so much.

As we look ahead with the current 90-man roster, how many players would you list as locks? With a new coaching staff and front office, the number of locks to make the roster is likely considerably lower than in years past when things were pretty well established.

I liked the way Brother Girth approached it in the comments of that article, by looking at guaranteed money. It focuses on the offseason additions, but it’s a step in the right direction. He posted this:

Locks (7): Garcon (17M), Smith (11.5M), Hoyer (9.85M), Juszczyk (7M), Mitchell (4.65M), Goodwin (4.45M), Kerley (2.8M)

Virtual Locks (7): Gilliam (1.4M), Watson (1M), Gould (1M), Don Jones (750k), Barkley (500k), Robinson (500k), Coyle (400k)

Expected to make it (2): Hightower (300k), Paulsen (125k)

Gotta earn it (2): K’Waun Williams (75k), Chris Jones (50k)

Camp Bodies (5): Harris (0), DiManche (0), Carter (0), Purcell (0), Bradford (0),

TBD (2): Fusco, Barnes – most likely camp bodies

We don’t know Fusco and Barnes details yet, but I think they re higher than camp bodies but lower than locks. I could see them in either the “Gotta earn it” or “Expected to make it” categories.

Here’s a look at the 90-man roster following Monday’s roster moves. Which players would you say are locks at this point?

QB: Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, C.J. Beathard, Nick Mullens
RB: Carlos Hyde, Joe Williams, Kapri Bibbs, Tim Hightower, Raheem Mostert, Matt Breida, Tyler McCloskey
FB: Kyle Juszczyk, Tyler McCloskey
WR: Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin, Jeremy Kerley, Aldrick Robinson, Rashad Ross, DeAndre Smelter, Trent Taylor, Bruce Ellington, Aaron Burbridge, DeAndre Carter, Victor Bolden, Kendrick Bourne, B.J. Johnson III
TE: Vance McDonald, George Kittle, Logan Paulsen, Garrett Celek, Blake Bell, Cole Hikutini
OT: Joe Staley, Trenton Brown, Norman Price, John Theus
OG: Zane Beadles, Joshua Garnett, Garry Gilliam, Brandon Fusco
C: Jeremy Zuttah, Daniel Kilgore, Tim Barnes
OL: JP Flynn, Evan Goodman, Erik Magnuson, Darrell Williams, Jr., Richard Levy

DL: Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Aaron Lynch, Ronald Blair, Tank Carradine, Chris Jones, D.J. Jones, Pita Taumoepenu, Quinton Dial, Earl Mitchell, Noble Nwachukwu
LB: Ray-Ray Armstrong, Navorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, Brock Coyle, Reuben Foster, Eli Harold, Malcolm Smith, Dekoda Watson, Jimmie Gilbert, Donavin Newsom
CB: Rashard Robinson, Ahkello Witherspoon, Keith Reaser, Will Redmond, K’Waun Williams, Dontae Johnson, Prince Charles Iworah
FS: Jimmie Ward, Don Jones, Adrian Colbert, Lorenzo Jerome, Zach Franklin
SS: Eric Reid, Jaquiski Tartt, Vinnie Sunseri, Malik Golden, Chanceller James

K: Robbie Gould, Nick Rose
P: Bradley Pinion
LS: Kyle Nelson