No. 1: Wide Receiver Kendrick Bourne
This one is particularly tough.
49ers UDFA wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has been one of the better stories out of training camp, including this 46-yard touchdown versus the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 of the preseason:
Bourne, a 6-foot-1 receiver out of Eastern Washington, has the size element over the majority of his competition. But as noted earlier, this is an awfully crowded position.
The back end of the wide receiver group must be able to contribute on special teams, and Bourne hasn’t shown the ability to regularly contribute in this area. Instead, the Niners have used second-year wideout Aaron Burbridge in this role, increasing his 53-man stock and decreasing Bourne’s.
The good news is, however, Bourne is certainly the favorite to be first called if needed.
And considering he’s flashed a good deal of ability throughout the first few games of the preseason, San Francisco might not want to risk trying to stash him on the practice squad anyway.
For right now, though, it’s looking as if Bourne’s best shot might be to land here first and wait for his opportunity to rise.