The 49ers entered the draft final week with seven scheduled picks, together with 5 alternatives from the fifth-through-seventh rounds.
Due to the energy of the 49ers’ personnel, common supervisor John Lynch figured it might be tough for these late-round picks to earn spots on the staff’s regular-season roster.
The 49ers ended up packaging a fifth-round decide, together with a third-rounder in 2021, to amass left sort out Trent Williams in a take care of Washington to exchange the retiring Joe Staley.
Via different dealings, the 49ers ended up with South Carolina defensive sort out Javon Kinlaw and Arizona State broad receiver Brandon Aiyuk within the first spherical, together with West Virginia offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, Georgia tight finish Charlie Woerner and Tennessee broad receiver Jauan Jennings within the last three rounds.
With the ratification of the brand new collective bargaining settlement, there are better alternatives for gamers on the again finish of the roster to contribute. Groups are allowed to go well with up 48 gamers for regular-season video games (up from 46), and practice-squad sizes improve from 10 to 12.
Every week, groups are allowed to advertise as much as two observe squad gamers to seem in video games with out requiring the gamers to undergo waivers to return to the observe squad. Groups are allowed to make use of that waiver bypass as much as two occasions per every particular person on the observe squad.
So there shall be alternatives for the 10 undrafted gamers the 49ers signed within the aftermath of the draft. Right here is our rankings of the 49ers’ undrafted rookies, so as, starting with the gamers most definitely to make a contribution this season:
DL Darrion Daniels, Nebraska
We lean closely on what the 49ers inform us. And the 49ers inform us they assume extremely of Nebraska defensive lineman Darrion Daniels, primarily based on the $105,000 assure the membership gave him. That determine basically ensures Daniels shall be, at worst, on the observe squad.
There is also a better alternative for a defensive lineman to work his method into the image as a result of the 49ers seemingly will hold eight or extra gamers at that place group on the roster. The staff usually units a rotation throughout video games that features no less than seven linemen seeing important motion.
Daniels (6-foot-3, 311 kilos) is an aggressive, high-energy attacking participant who suits the fashion D-line coach Kris Kocurek calls for from his prices. The door is open for Daniels to fine-tune his recreation and, in essence, earn the spot to exchange Sheldon Day, who signed this offseason with the Indianapolis Colts.
WR Chris Finke, Notre Dame
Notre Dame slot receiver Chris Finke was a precedence undrafted goal of the 49ers, who awarded him $95,000 in assured cash. Finke might be anticipated to safe a spot on the observe squad. However he has an opportunity to put himself into stable place for a roster spot if Trent Taylor has any type of setbacks in his return from the foot damage/surgical procedures that saved him out of motion for your complete 2019 season.
Taylor is the staff’s finest slot receiver. Finke is perhaps the next-best participant reduce out for the position in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Finke additionally brings with him the added dimension of being a gentle performer within the return recreation.
RB JaMycal Hasty, Baylor
Baylor working again JaMycal Hasty has a really particular worth to the 49ers. The offense didn’t have a real third-down again final season. Hasty (5-8, 205) solely is a third-down again. The 49ers awarded Hasty a $90,000 assure, which proves the group believes he has an opportunity, too.
The 49ers traded Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins through the draft, in order that opens up one roster spot for one more working again. The participant most definitely to take that position is Jerick McKinnon. However McKinnon has not performed for the reason that 2017 season as a result of knee points. There isn’t any assure he would be the identical participant in 2020 as when he final suited up.
Hasty has good route-running and pass-catching abilities. He figures to be in direct competitors with McKinnon for a spot. Hasty has the added worth of being a projected prime contributor on particular groups, too.
CB DeMarkus Acy, Missouri
The 49ers didn’t choose a cornerback within the draft. They reached an settlement to signal Missouri cornerback DeMarkus Acy (6-0, 195) as an undrafted rookie with a assure of $60,000. That places him in stable positioning to, no less than, open the season on the observe squad.
If Acy proves to be near any of the staff’s returning veteran cornerbacks, he stands an excellent probability of being with the membership on the outset of the common season. Richard Sherman, Ahkello Witherspoon, Jason Verrett and Dontae Johnson are set for unrestricted free company after this season. Emmanuel Moseley is scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
Cornerback was the one one of many 49ers’ important wants the staff didn’t deal with within the draft. That’s an enormous benefit for Acy in his quest to win a roster spot.
RB Salvon Ahmed, Washington
Washington working again Salvon Ahmed (pronounced suh-VON OCK-med) shall be in competitors with Hasty for the next-man-up spot within the 49ers’ backfield. Whereas Ahmed (5-11, 195) has higher dimension and is extra versatile for the NFL recreation, he charges a step behind Hasty as a third-down choice. The 49ers’ take care of Ahmed ensures him $50,000.
Ahmed is a affected person runner who has the flexibility to blow up up the sphere. He’s a greater match for Shanahan’s offense as a runner on base downs. However his capacity to win a roster spot would possibly hinge on his capacity to show himself as a route-runner and pass-catcher.
DB Jared Mayden, Alabama
Jared Mayden of Alabama is a perfect backup within the 49ers’ defensive scheme for his capacity to play both of the staff’s security positions. Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt seem set because the starters. Mayden may have a chance to crack right into a reserve position, as he competes in opposition to Marcell Harris and Tarvarius Moore.
He may have a chance to win a roster spot as a reserve security however should set up himself as a participant who both has important upside for the longer term or quick worth as a core special-teams participant.
LB Jonas Griffith, Indiana State
Don’t sleep on Indiana State linebacker Jonas Griffith (6-3, 247), although the 49ers’ group of linebackers already is stable. Griffith shall be eyeing a reserve position behind starters Fred Warner, Kwon Alexander and Dre Greenlaw. He’ll compete in opposition to Joe Walker, Azeez Al-Shaair and Mark Nzeocha.
Griffith’s quick future with the membership is tied completely to how he performs on particular groups. If he’s a tackling machine on the protection models, he’ll purchase himself a while to show he could make an influence on protection sooner or later.
FB Josh Hokit, Fresno State
Ideally, Fresno State fullback Josh Hokit, an NCAA wrestling All-American, brings Kyle Juszczyk-esque versatility to the staff.
The 49ers haven’t retained a backup fullback on their lively roster or observe squad since Juszczyk was signed within the spring of 2017. Which may not change this 12 months, both. The 49ers seemingly expect Woerner to deal with a whole lot of the duties as a transfer tight finish in the event that they ever want somebody to fill in for Juszczyk.
So Hokit’s problem is to show to the 49ers’ decision-makers that the most effective route for the group is to maintain him round. The rise in observe squad members works to his benefit. The door is open for him to show worthy of an extended look.
TE/DE Chase Harrell, Arkansas
The 49ers record Chase Harrell of Arkansas as a decent finish. However he was spectacular throughout a pre-draft professional day – earlier than all pre-draft professional days have been shut down – as a defensive finish. It may very well be that the 49ers just like the choices he presents to them on both facet of the ball.
As a decent finish, Harrell may have a tough time cracking the roster as he involves the staff behind George Kittle, Ross Dwelley, Woerner and Daniel Helm. As a defensive finish, he has rather a lot to be taught. Both method, his athleticism and flexibility may very well be a gorgeous choice for the 49ers to retain on the observe squad.
QB Broc Rutter, North Central (Unwell.)
The 49ers saved three quarterbacks on their regular-season roster in 2019, as Lynch and Shanahan believed each Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard have been NFL-caliber gamers behind Jimmy Garoppolo.
Quarterback Brock Rutter of North Central School was one of the prolific passers in NCAA Division III historical past. With no offseason program and/or a decreased coaching camp and exhibition season, it will likely be much more tough for Rutter to show himself and stick round when the common season begins.
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