One of my favorite things to do is to try to predict the 53 man roster at different points in the off season. This year presents a challenge because of the talent and potential across the current roster. I decided to take a look at each position group individually and open discussion in a more focused way. I would like to create a thread for each position group, if that works for everyone. I'll start with tight end since it is smaller but intriguing.
Roster Spots: 3
Locks: Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald
Competition: Garrett Celek vs. Cameron Morrah vs. Marquies Gray
Outlook: The two locks are pretty simple. Davis will look to build the same rapport with Kaepernick that he had with Smith. McDonald will need to learn the blocking schemes for this offense, but he has experience playing multiple positions and he must be intelligent to play for Rice. His development will be the determining factor for the third spot in this position group. If he struggles with his run blocking the team will most likely go with Celek or Morrah. Both of these players are solid blockers who offer very little in the passing game. If, however, McDonald develops as a solid inside blocker, the team can afford to be creative with the position and go with Gray. Gray played QB in college but his size, speed, athleticism, and experience as a WR make him a potential match up nightmare. He is currently listed as an HB, but we all know how fluid position titles can be on this team. Plus, Gray has been working out with former NFL TE Ben Utecht in an attempt to add to his versatility.