SF 49ers Offensive line
LT Trent Williams
LG Laken Tomlinson
C Daniel Brunskill
RG Colton McKivitz
RT Mike McGlinchey
If you’d have asked most 49ers fans a few weeks ago, there wouldn’t have been many questions about who was starting along the offensive line, with four out of the five positions pretty well locked in.
But with center Weston Richburg likely to start the season on the PUP list following a patellar tendon tear against the New Orleans Saints last year and his replacement, Ben Garland, out for a few weeks with an ankle sprain, the middle of the line is getting a shakeup.
With Daniel Brunskill, the 49ers found a moveable piece who has shown the ability to play across the line, and now he can say he’s covered all three slots, having featured at both tackle and guard last season, by sliding into the vacated center position.
At least for Week 1, look for Brunskill to start at the anchor position, opening up his presumed starting right guard slot to a camp competition, probably between veteran journeyman Tom Compton and rookie Colton McKivitz.
While some may say that the veteran has a leg up on the rookie out of West Virginia, who the 49ers took in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL draft, reports out of camp are that the rookie is holding his own against the 49ers stacked defensive line.
If he can push Compton, he could win himself a starting job for at least a few weeks until Garland gets back up to speed.
The rest of the line, with tackles Trent Williams and Mike McGlinchey and left guard Laken Tomlinson, is all set and should be a strength of the team.