San Francisco 49ers: Predicting Their Depth Chart at Every Position for Next Season

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May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) stands with his running backs during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers will be going to training camp later this month, and there are some position battles to watch. This team is filled with good players and is primed for a championship run.

In this article, we will take a look at the projected depth chart at every position.


1. Colin Kaepernick
2. Colt McCoy
3. B.J. Daniels

There is no question who the starter is at quarterback. Colin Kaepernick feels that he still has not shown the NFL what he is capable of.

Scott Tolzien is the odd man out. He is a big armed quaterback that will fit well into any system that employs a classic drop back passer. The 49ers can surely use the classic drop back, west coast offense but there is more to Greg Roman’s offense than that.

McCoy is a veteran quarterback that actually ran some read option at University of Texas and he was a starter for the Cleveland Browns for a season.

Daniels is a guy that will be heavily relied upon this year as the 49ers face some teams such as the Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks. The value that he brings is giving the defense a good look at the read option with the scout team offense. Vincent Frank from Bleacher Report touched on how the 49ers’ defense is equipped to defend the read option.

Running Back:

1. Frank Gore
2. Kendall Hunter
3. LaMichael James

Bruce Miller will be the fullback on this team. He played at a high level and is a pretty good blocking back and will be set for a Pro Bowl kind of season.

Frank Gore will continue to win his battle against father time as he has another productive year with the 49ers. He will be the feature back.

Kendall Hunter is a big play waiting to happen. A lot of people have forgotten about the explosive player due to his injury. He will be relied upon in the screen game and as a change of pace for the rushing attack.

LaMichael James is the wild card at running back. He is the Darren Sproles of the offense. This means that there will be a package of plays that will feature James in favorable matchups against linebackers. He will also be a player in the return game.

Anthony Dixon may make the roster as a special teams player. Marcus Lattimore will be a factor, just not this season. The 49ers will bring him along slowly as he recovers from his severe knee injury in college.

Wide Receiver:

1. Anquan Boldin
2. A.J. Jenkins
3. Mario Manningham
4. Kyle Williams
5. Quinton Patton
6. Ricardo Lockette

Boldin will take over for the injured Michael Crabtree at the Z receiver spot.

The X will be a training camp battle, but I expect Jenkins to earn the spot there. He has already impressed in OTAs and has shown improvement when it comes to knowing the offense.

Manningham will be a guy that will rotate at the X spot but some reports say that he won’t be healthy at the beginning of training camp. Williams is also a question mark due to injury. When healthy, he is a very explosive player.

Patton was a huge value pick in the fourth round. He can play both receiver spots and has the ability to excel at the slot position as well. Patton is a very sure handed receiver that put up pretty big time numbers in college.

Lockette is a former Division II track champion in the 200 meter dash. He has the ability to stretch the field. He has worked out with Kaepernick all summer and will make the roster due to his big play ability.

Tight End:

1. Vernon Davis
2. Vance McDonald
3. Brent Celek

Vernon Davis is one of the best overall tight ends in the NFL. He is a solid blocker and a major mismatch in the passing game. Losing Delanie Walker was something that some thought would hurt the 49ers, but Trent Baalke and company did a great job of securing a replacement in Vance McDonald.

The TE from Rice University was a threat from the slot position and showed the ability to work out of the pistol offense. He actually had two 100 yard rushing games also. At 6’4″ 267 pounds, he has the build to be a factor when it comes to blocking as well. Most importantly, McDonald will be a threat in the red zone. Look for the 49ers to continue to use a lot of 12 personnel this year. Celek will be a reserve player that can step in and play if need be.

Offensive Line:

1. Anthony Davis
2. Alex Boone
3. Jonathan Goodwin
4. Mike Iupati
5. Joe Staley

The 49ers’ offensive line is among the best in the NFL. Iupati and Joe Staley were elected to the All Pro team. Goodwin took a reduction in pay to remain with the 49ers. Davis is making his mark as one of the roughest tackles in the game. Boone is a rare tall player at guard and was a suprise at that position. He did a really good job of converting from the tackle position. Staley is also considered to be one of the most athletic tackles in the NFL. After the starters, there is still depth on the offensive line.

Adam Snyder was brought back from the Arizona Cardinals and he can play all positions on the line. Dan Kilgore will be a backup at the center spot. He is also capable of playing guard. Carter Bykowski and Luke Marquardt are two players that will challenge for a roster spot. Both are very massive men that can be used in a role similar to Leonard Davis in the elephant/jumbo formation on short yardage situations.

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  • loverpoint

    I’m going to bet that Asomugha takes Rogers spot.


    He can’t move inside and cover slot receivers.

    • Jason Leskiw

      It’s funny you said that, because now we all know that he will be covering the slot receiver. Whenever we have debated football futures, I have been right on the money and you have been on the other end. I say this respectfully (once again), but you gotta do your research. Sure, it triples the time of an article, but you’d avoid this.


        Your comments about Tarell Brown are off based as well. Yes Fangio has said that Brown will get cross trained to play the slot, but obviously that means that was an area that he needed to be more familiar with because he had not done it extensively in the past.

        • Jason Leskiw

          No coach is going to talk down about a player though. It’s coaches job to talk up players. Especially because if Harbaugh didn’t, Baldwin may not have been here. Same with Lockette, Okoye and others. Everyone remembers the AJ Jenkins hype. It’s just hype. Jenkins was arguably the worst WR on the team. Definitely behind Kyle Williams. Here’s where you have R McDonald at DE:

          Defensive Line:

          1. Justin Smith
          2. Glenn Dorsey
          3. Ray MacDonald

          Draft day, you replied to my tweets about Vance McDonald. Who has never been a proven pass catcher. Ertz was passed at 34 (pick traded to the Eagles) and you contested that McDonald was a better pick because he could block better. I said blocking is a fundamental and technique based. I also mentioned that the 49ers have serious cap issues ahead.


            It lists the starting defensive linemen. Do you understand zero tech, three tech and five tech concepts? Nowhere did I call Ray MacDonald a DE. He is a three tech which is similar to a DT in a 4-3 base scheme. Lemonier was brought in to play OLB. Your idea that he and MacDonald compete for the same position is extremely off based.

            Coaches do talk up other players, but again, if you did your research, like I did, you would see that some of the players that were polled voted AJ Jenkins as the player most likely to step up.

            I didn’t only suggest that Vance McDonald was a better pick because he can block better. It was his ability to player better in space as he was used a lot in the slot at Rice. Catching ability can be improved with steady use of a jugs machine.

            You stated the obvious that the 49ers have some cap issues ahead. Not sure what credit you want for that. Everyone knows.


        FYI if you do a little bit of research, you would see that Los Rogers is the one that will be covering slot wrs. Practice what you preach. Additionally, you said that you have been on the right side of debates in the past, honestly I don’t even know who you are or recall discussing too many things with you in the past.

  • Jason Leskiw

    Dude… Your charts are all messed up… We tweeted for awhile on draft day regarding Vance McDonald, but I gotta say some things, with all due respect.

    1) Jenkins IS NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE TO MANNINGHAM. It’s not even a discussion.

    2)You have Hunter ahead of LMJ. Now, an argument could be made that Hunter is a better back, just like one could be made for LMJ, when you focus on strictly backfield. But one non-argument is that LMJ is a seasoned–and talented–route runner. He is also more likely to catch Kaep’s 60mph passes.

    3)Nnamdi is not listed. Except as a “wild card.” Everyone knows that he is 2-man coverage guy. He didn’t do well with the Eagles because they misused him. Considering the 3-4–and the fact that it opens the pass more than the 4-3–Nnamdi should be a stud. Maybe even pro-bowl caliber.

    4)Ray McDonald at DE just isn’t right. He’s an A-gap player, who isn’t terribly great in the pass rush. Corey Lemonier has a better shot winning that job than McDonald, and Carradine should by week 10 or so. Maybe before if they can afford to use extra caution.

    5) I still hold that Zach Ertz was a much better pick than McDonald. His score on Sport Science was nearly parallel to Vernon Davis before he got to the NFL. Anybody can be taught to block. Not everyone can catch a 60mph pass that has broken fingers of one of the best WR’s in NFL history.

    I really do mean those things respectfully.

    - J

    • Candid One

      Dude, somewhat in agreement with some of your comment but Jenkins and Manningham are different players. Although Manningham is already accomplished and Jenkins is still unproven, they each fit into that offense differently. Also, how does Zach Ertz have relevance? He was gone before the Niners’ 2nd pick and 20 picks before they chose MacDonald with their third pick. SF’s only shot was with their 1st pick at #18; Eifert didn’t go until #21. It just couldn’t work for Ertz and SF. He would’ve been a nice replacement for Delanie Walker, who’s faster than Fleener but much shorter than Ertz.

      • Jason Leskiw

        Ertz subject: The 49ers traded away pick 34. They received it after trading Alex Smith to KC. PHI traded up for Ertz. That’s why he’s relevant. In 2014, the 49ers have virtually no WR depth, so having a receiving TE would be extremely helpful.

        Jenkins: Is not a great player. When they drafted him, it blew everyone away. He was projected to be a third rounder by just about everyone. I mean, look at T.Y. Hilton for example. Better player, who was taken in the third round. Chances are that passing on Keenan Allen was a mistake also. Though I do like their defensive outlook. Especially after extending the Justin Smith contract and creating a cap hit of $4M instead of $8M. That move was clutch.


      You fail to realize that the chart that listed AJ Jenkins ahead of Manningham was based off of him not being back from injury. Also, if you did your research you would have seen that Harbaugh and others where high on Jenkins as shown by the poll that a lot of players took and said that Jenkins was the young player that they thought would step up. Obviously that didn’t happen but they were able to get a pretty good option in Baldwin via trade.


      You are so busy trying to disagree, you don’t even know what I said. NOWHERE in my article does it say that Ray McDonald is fighting Corey Lemonier for a position at DE. Yet you attempted to use that as a way to say my charts are incorrect.