Lock: Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Quinton Dial
Looking Good: Ronald Blair, Mike Purcell
Strong Bubble: Tony Jerod-Eddie
Weak Bubble: Demetrius Cherry, Darren Lake, B.J. McBryde, Garrison Smith
Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) isn’t listed here, because I fully expect him to start the season on injured reserve/designated for return. He hasn’t been cleared to practice following last year’s ACL injury, per Ryan Sakamoto of NinerFans.com.
Fellow defensive tackle Ian Williams’ ankle injury also opens up the door a bit for depth.
The main beneficiary for these two injuries should be nose tackle Mike Purcell, although the Niners may want to rotate fellow defensive tackle Quinton Dial into the center of the defensive line at times too.
Defensive ends Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner aren’t going anywhere. And rookie defensive tackle Ronald Blair has been earning a lot of hype during camp.
One player somewhat lost in the mix is perennial backup Tony Jerod-Eddie. He had some good moments during the 49ers’ preseason game versus Houston, but will this be enough to ensure he stays?
Maybe until Dorsey returns.
Next: Offensive Line