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A look back at our 2016 consensus 49ers roster rankings

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Hindsight offers some interesting returns.

The San Francisco 49ers are a little over one week away from training camp, and that means we will soon be back with our second annual consensus roster ranking. Last year, several of our front page writers joined me in putting together a ranking of the 90-man roster. Each person ranked out the 90 players, and then I sorted them to create the consensus. There was little guidance in terms of how to rank players, although I did say to focus on the upcoming season and not future seasons.

We’ll start the 2017 countdown tomorrow with spots 90-81, but before then, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at how we ranked the 49ers roster a year ago.

Hindsight is 20/20, and it is interesting to look at how we viewed a lot of these players with what we thought of them after the season. After this coming season ends, it might be worth doing a consensus ranking of the roster to compare where we see people in July and where we see them in January.

NaVorro Bowman was at the top of the list, with eight of eleven voters ranking him No. 1. The other three first place votes went to Joe Staley. Looking through this list, Torrey Smith or Aaron Lynch ended up being among the more overvalued players on the list. Well, Ian Williams even more so given his eventual release.

On the other side of things, Rashard Robinson, Trent Brown, and Ray-Ray Armstrong all ended up more valuable than most expected. Even though Armstrong ended up going on injured reserve, he was the starting inside linebacker next to NaVorro Bowman early in the season. Chris Davis was another interesting one. He ranked No. 71, but was the team’s nickel back before tearing his ACL.

The lowest ranked player to get time on the 53-man roster was tight end Je’Ron Hamm. He spent the first three weeks on the practice squad, but ended up on the roster starting in Week 4 as injuries piled up at tight end.

2016 consensus roster ranking

Rank Name Average
Rank Name Average
1 Bowman, NaVorro 1.55
2 Staley, Joe 2.18
3 Hyde, Carlos 3.73
4 Smith, Torrey 6.55
5 Reid, Eric 7.18
6 Ward, Jimmie 7.36
7 Lynch, Aaron 9.18
8 Bethea, Antoine 10.73
9 Armstead, Arik 10.82
10 Buckner, DeForest 12.00
11 Dial, Quinton 12.73
12 Williams, Ian 13.45
13 Tartt, Jaquiski 14.91
14 Dawson, Phil 15.82
15 Kilgore, Daniel 16.27
16 Brock, Tramaine 18.00
17 Garnett, Joshua 19.55
18 Kaepernick, Colin 19.55
19 Miller, Bruce 22.27
20 Gabbert, Blaine 22.64
21 Celek, Garrett 22.73
22 Ellington, Bruce 23.64
23 Brooks, Ahmad 23.91
24 Beadles, Zane 25.45
25 Dorsey, Glenn 25.55
26 Johnson, Dontae 25.55
27 Harold, Eli 26.36
28 Hodges, Gerald 30.00
29 Wilhoite, Michael 34.18
30 Bell, Blake 35.18
31 Carradine, Tank 35.45
32 Acker, Kenneth 35.82
33 Rogers, Eric 35.91
34 McDonald, Vance 36.91
35 Patton, Quinton 39.36
36 Tiller, Andrew 40.00
37 Redmond, Will 40.18
38 Pinion, Bradley 41.00
39 Draughn, Shaun 42.27
40 Harris, DuJuan 43.27
41 Blair, Ronald 43.64
42 Jerod-Eddie, Tony 44.55
43 Purcell, Mike 45.18
44 Smelter, DeAndre 46.00
45 Reaser, Keith 46.36
46 Robinson, Rashard 46.55
47 Brown, Trent 49.36
48 Cooper, Fahn 49.45
49 McCray, L.J. 49.73
50 Nelson, Kyle 51.64
51 Cromartie, Marcus 51.91
52 Armstrong, Ray-Ray 52.27
53 Simpson, Jerome 52.91
54 White, DeAndrew 54.45
55 Lemonier, Corey 55.18
56 Theus, John 55.55
57 Taylor, Kelvin 55.91
58 Thomas, Brandon 56.00
59 Martin, Marcus 56.64
60 Pears, Erik 59.36
61 Burbridge, Aaron 60.45
62 Davis, Mike 60.73
63 Driskel, Jeff 61.64
64 Silberman, Ian 62.82
65 Skov, Shayne 63.73
66 Bellore, Nick 63.91
67 Anderson, Dres 64.64
68 Cajuste, Devon 65.27
69 Ramsey, Kaleb 65.45
70 Campbell, DiAndre 67.55
71 Davis, Chris 67.73
72 Anderson, Busta 68.18
73 Rush, Marcus 69.64
74 Iworah, Prince Charles 70.36
75 Balducci, Alex 71.18
76 Gaskins, Kendall 72.64
77 Lewis, Thad 73.00
78 Treggs, Bryce 73.45
79 Fanaika, Jason 74.09
80 Kelly, Colin 74.18
81 Lake, Darren 77.36
82 Bell, Jered 78.27
83 Smith, Garrison 78.27
84 Cherry, Demetrius 80.55
85 Muir, Blake 80.73
86 Hamm, Je'Ron 81.55
87 McManis, Wynton 82.91
88 Lunsford, John 83.55
89 Jones, Lenny 84.00
90 Price, Norman 85.36
Bowman, NaVorro 1.55
Staley, Joe 2.18
Hyde, Carlos 3.73
Smith, Torrey 6.55
Reid, Eric 7.18
Ward, Jimmie 7.36
Lynch, Aaron 9.18
Bethea, Antoine 10.73
Armstead, Arik 10.82
Buckner, DeForest 12.00
Dial, Quinton 12.73
Williams, Ian 13.45
Tartt, Jaquiski 14.91
Dawson, Phil 15.82
Kilgore, Daniel 16.27
Brock, Tramaine 18.00
Garnett, Joshua 19.55
Kaepernick, Colin 19.55
Miller, Bruce 22.27
Gabbert, Blaine 22.64
Celek, Garrett 22.73
Ellington, Bruce 23.64
Brooks, Ahmad 23.91
Beadles, Zane 25.45
Dorsey, Glenn 25.55
Johnson, Dontae 25.55
Harold, Eli 26.36
Hodges, Gerald 30.00
Wilhoite, Michael 34.18
Bell, Blake 35.18
Carradine, Tank 35.45
Acker, Kenneth 35.82
Rogers, Eric 35.91
McDonald, Vance 36.91
Patton, Quinton 39.36
Tiller, Andrew 40.00
Redmond, Will 40.18
Pinion, Bradley 41.00
Draughn, Shaun 42.27
Harris, DuJuan 43.27
Blair, Ronald 43.64
Jerod-Eddie, Tony 44.55
Purcell, Mike 45.18
Smelter, DeAndre 46.00
Reaser, Keith 46.36
Robinson, Rashard 46.55
Brown, Trent 49.36
Cooper, Fahn 49.45
McCray, L.J. 49.73
Nelson, Kyle 51.64
Cromartie, Marcus 51.91
Armstrong, Ray-Ray 52.27
Simpson, Jerome 52.91
White, DeAndrew 54.45
Lemonier, Corey 55.18
Theus, John 55.55
Taylor, Kelvin 55.91
Thomas, Brandon 56.00
Martin, Marcus 56.64
Pears, Erik 59.36
Burbridge, Aaron 60.45
Davis, Mike 60.73
Driskel, Jeff 61.64
Silberman, Ian 62.82
Skov, Shayne 63.73
Bellore, Nick 63.91
Anderson, Dres 64.64
Cajuste, Devon 65.27
Ramsey, Kaleb 65.45
Campbell, DiAndre 67.55
Davis, Chris 67.73
Anderson, Busta 68.18
Rush, Marcus 69.64
Iworah, Prince Charles 70.36
Balducci, Alex 71.18
Gaskins, Kendall 72.64
Lewis, Thad 73.00
Treggs, Bryce 73.45
Fanaika, Jason 74.09
Kelly, Colin 74.18
Lake, Darren 77.36
Bell, Jered 78.27
Smith, Garrison 78.27
Cherry, Demetrius 80.55
Muir, Blake 80.73
Hamm, Je'Ron 81.55
McManis, Wynton 82.91
Lunsford, John 83.55
Jones, Lenny 84.00
Price, Norman 85.36