No. 3: Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair
It’s almost always a hard road for undrafted rookies to make a 53-man roster cut their first season at the NFL level.
In 2019, linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair could be the next example.
Al-Shaair has primarily been working with the third-string unit this preseason, which still doesn’t bode well for his roster chances. Yet he’s made the most of his opportunities, already posting 11 tackles over three exhibition games, including two more in Kansas City Saturday night.
Pro Football Focus gave him a respectable 72.1 overall grade before Saturday, too, suggesting he’s at least worth some consideration.
Al-Shaair showed some ranginess during that contest. And while San Francisco seems to already have its primary linebacker group figured out, as well as a likely good number of its backups, Al-Shaair has done arguably all he could do to put himself squarely in the equation, both on defense and on special teams.
He’ll probably end up seeing a good chunk of field time during the 49ers’ final preseason bout on Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers, which could go a long way in determining whether or not he makes the cut.