SANTA CLARA — The 49ers by accord of many of the draft pundits and national talking heads for the NFL graded the draft out very high for the 2017 team. The draft started out with a big trade between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers of which the Bears gave up quite a bit just to move up one spot and draft Mitchell Trubisky. The Niners ultimately got the guy they would have drafted anyway in Solomon Thomas with the third overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Both players will be called on early as the rebuilding process is in full swing for the team. Pending Reuben Foster’s health, both will most likely start on the defensive side of the ball. These two should be huge building blocks in rejuvenating what just a few years removed was a dominant force.
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch have overhauled a large portion of the rosters from the previous past few losing seasons. There are some familiar faces of course but the new head coach and general manager really seem to have a sense of direction in what they are trying to build and accomplish.
Below, I will break down both sides of the ball and include special teams in trying to take my best stab at predicting the depth chart for the year as well as the 53-man roster…
QUARTERBACKS: Brian Hoyer (QB1), Matt Barkley (QB2), C.J. Beathard (QB3)
RUNNING BACKS: Carlos Hyde (RB1), Joe Williams (RB2), Tim Hightower (RB3)
WIDE RECEIVERS: Pierre Garçon (WR1), Marquise Goodwin (WR2), Jeremy Kerley (WR3), Trent Taylor (WR4), Aldrick Robinson (WR5), Kendrick Bourne (WR6)
FULLBACK: Kyle Juzczyk (FB1)
TIGHT ENDS: Vance McDonald (TE1), George Kittle (TE2), Garrett Celek (TE3)
TACKLES: Joe Staley (LT1), Trent Brown (RT1), John Theus (LT2), Garry Gilliam (RT2)
GUARDS: Zane Beadles (LG1), Joshua Garnett (RG2), Brandon Fusco (LG2, RG2)
CENTERS: Jeremy Zuttah (C1), Daniel Kilgore (C2)
Total: 25 players
DEFENSIVE ENDS: Arik Armstead (DE1), Solomon Thomas (DE2), Aaron Lynch (DE3), Ronald Blair (DE4)
DEFENSIVE TACKLES: DeForest Buckner (DT1), Earl Mitchell (DT2), Quinton Dial (DT3), Chris Jones (DT4)
WIL: Reuben Foster (WIL1), Ray Ray Armstrong (WIL2)
MIKE: Navorro Bowman (MIKE1), Brock Croyle (MIKE2)
SAM: Malcolm Smith (SAM1), Ahmad Brooks (SAM2), Dekoda Watson (SAM3)
CORNERBACKS: Rashard Robinson (CB1), Ahkello Witherspoon (CB2), K’Waun Williams (CB3), Dontae Johnson (CB4), Will Redmond (CB5)
FREE SAFETIES: Jimmie Ward (FS1), Adrian Colbert (FS2), Lorenzo Jerome (FS3)
STRONG SAFETIES: Eric Reid (SS1), Jacquiski Tartt (SS2)
Total: 25 Players
KICKER: Robbie Gould (K1)
PUNTER: Bradley Pinion (P2)
LONG SNAPPER: Kyle Nelson (LS1)
Total: 3 Players
Clearly a lot of things could happen that are unforeseen between now and the start of the season. The 49ers also are bringing in 18 undrafted free agents. They are looking for talent everywhere.