Predicting 49ers 2016 Depth Chart Before Training Camp
By Peter Panacy
Starter: Daniel Kilgore
Backup: Marcus Martin
The 49ers better hope center Daniel Kilgore stays healthy for all of 2016.
Third-year pro Marcus Martin was a disaster for the 49ers offensive line over the course of Kilgore’s 2014-15 knee injury and recovery period. Martin will stay on the roster, as a depth option at best, and could see his production improve — he’s only 22 years old — but Kilgore is, without doubt, the best option here.
Here’s the simple Pro Football Focus comparison:
- Daniel Kilgore — minus-9.5 overall
- Marcus Martin — minus-45.6 overall
Martin’s PFF grade was the worst among all 49ers a season ago. So it’s no wonder the Niners couldn’t get Kilgore back on the field soon enough in 2015.
Considering all the problems San Francisco had along its O-line last year, anchoring the center will go a long way in ensuring those issues aren’t replicated this season.
But it’s not the only concern within this critical unit.
Next: Left Tackle