San Francisco 49ers: 5 players who’ll lose a roster spot after 2020 NFL Draft

Jeff Wilson #30 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Daniel Helm, 49ers
Daniel Helm #43 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

No. 4: Tight End Daniel Helm

The Niners did make an addition at tight end during the draft, bringing aboard Georgia’s Charlie Woerner in Round 6.

Woerner, not a receiving threat, nevertheless was one of college football’s better blockers at his position, and his selection helps alleviate the free-agent loss of veteran tight end Levine Toilolo to the New York Giants during the offseason.

While there’s no doubt the 49ers have the best tight end in the game, 2019 All-Pro George Kittle, there are plenty of question marks behind him on the depth chart. The No. 2 spot behind Kittle likely goes to third-year pro Ross Dwelley, who is a notably better receiving threat than Woerner but not a better blocker.

So Woerner probably won’t challenge Dwelley, but the former’s presence on the roster all but ensures last year’s No. 3 tight end, Daniel Helm, winds up falling off the roster.

Helm spent most of his rookie 2019 season on the practice squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster late in the season. He didn’t get into any game-day action, which points to the kind of role he’ll likely have this year.

Woerner will almost assuredly push Helm back onto the practice squad, if San Francisco elects to keep the latter.