Inspired by the recent article, I was putting together my 53 man roster and decided to share. For those of you that have read my posts over this offseason, you will notice a continuing theme - there is no place on this roster for Donte Whitner, who is very possibly the worst starting safety in the league. On to the List!
QB (3): Kaep, McCoy, Tolzien - Scott gets the nod over Daniels. BJ may fit the Kaep scheme better, but the coaching staff has had Tolzien for a while and I think they stick with him. Daniels is a PS possibility.
RB (4): Gore, Hunter, James, Dixon - Dixon makes it dure to ST value and potential as a short-yardage guy. UDFA Harper is an interesting option for the PS or as a last man. Lattimore to the PUP, maybe to come off if there is a midseason injury like we saw with Hunter last year.
FB (1): Miller - Not much here.
WR (6): Crabtree, Boldin, Manningham, Jenkins, Patton, Williams - I think this is a pretty obvious group at this point. The 3 older vets, the 2 young guys, and Williams, who has shown flashes from the slot and adds value in the return game.
TE (3): Davis, McDonald, Celek - I wish there was more excitement here but it seems pretty set.
OT (3): Staley, Davis, Marquadt - The first surprise here - I have a feeling that the enormous kid from DII is going to impress enough to make the roster. There are not a lot of talented kids that size out there, and if they think he's recovered from his injury and looks good in camp I think they keep him around. Doesn't hurt him that there aren't a lot of other true Tackles on the roster.
OG (4): Iupati, Boone, Kilgore, Looney - Two unquestioned starters and two young backups. I don't really see much of a challenge here.
C (1): Goodwin - Kilgore could beat him out in camp but I would guess Goodwin remains on the roster unless his play take a huge nosedive
DL (7): Smith, McDonald, Dorsey, Carradine, Williams, Dial, Okoye - Niners had 7 D Lineman going into last year and I think thats a safe number. With the expected number of snaps for Smith, Ray, Dorsey, and Tank they can afford to keep some of the young guys around to develop. I think Dial and Okoye have upside that guys like Dobba and Tukafu can't match.
OLB (5): Smith, Brooks, Haralson, Lemonier, Johnson - Pretty obvioust hat, barring injury, the first 3 guys will get 90+% of the snaps. Johnson has talent if he's healthy and Lemonier was a high-enough pick to stick around.
ILB (4): Willis, Bowman, Skuta, Moody - The 4th spot here is one of the toughest to predict. I took moody due to youth and special teams ability. Could be wilhoite or another.
CB (5): Rogers, Brown, Culliver, Asomugha, Cox - Despite their seeming commitment to him, I think the coaches realize that Tramaine Brock is not good enough to play corner in the NFL. He was burned almost every time he stepped on the field. Offenses picked on him and he was powerless. Too many better guys ahead of him. ST value isn't enough to keep him.
S (4): Reid, Dahl, Spillman, Robinson - So, no Whitner. I've posted the true stats in other threads, and I'll add them later if people argue too much that he's not a liability. But he needs to go, for salary and football reasons. I would not be surprised to see him go and a FA come in after some cuts happen throughout the NFL. Woodson is also an option. I have Robinson pencilled in for now.
Special Teams (3)
K (1): Dawson
P (1): Lee
LS (1): Jennings
Not much to argue about with this group.
Similar structure to last year. One more LB and one less DB, but those guys are really just ST players anyway. TO me it looks like a terrific roster, with some young upside and a ton of solid veterans. The weaskest point is still the Safety group, but I really believe there is addition-by-subtraction simply by removing Whitner. You may see more CBs on the field in the nivkel/dime situations depending on how things go with Nnamdi. Special teams should be improved, with a umber of good ST guys (Skuta, Moody, Spillman) and an upgrade at kicker. Return duties are up in the air, but expect Williams, Hunter and James to be the main guys.
Thats my roster! Have fun picking it apart!