Member Milestone: This is post number 600 for Karma.I feel much more comfortable with the depth of this unit. Last year this was probably the thinnest unit after the starters. Competition for back-up roles will be the focus of training camp.
Roster spots: 4-5
Locks: Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson
Competition: Corey Lemonier, Cam Johnson, Darius Lemonier, Lawrence Okoye?
Outlook: We know the starters are set. Haralson is the only other guy I consider a lock. He restructured his contract and offers a solid veteran option as a back-up. Haralson won't get as many sacks as the starters if he is pressed into duty, but he does get enough pressure to be more effective than most back-ups. after that Lemonier, Johnson and Fleming will fight it out for 2, but more likely one roster spot. Lemonier is my favorite of the bunch. I think he has the best mix of strength and speed for this position, but the other two have tons of potential. May the best man win. Okoye here is pretty much a joke, but imagine his size and speed coming at the QB from a standing rush...