49ers roster: Predicting running back depth chart after NFL Draft

Running back Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Running back Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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New 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell of Louisiana (15) Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

The 49ers running back position is going to be very interesting this upcoming season. This is a prediction of the depth chart with the NFL Draft complete.

The San Francisco 49ers bolstered the running back position by adding two players from the NFL Draft. This is also the first draft where the head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took a running back high in the draft, and this will shake up the depth chart at the position entering 2021.

While the Niners do have a star running back in Raheem Mostert, it made sense to pick up some more players.

San Francisco selected running back Trey Sermon from Ohio State in the third round. Previously, the highest Shanahan and Lynch selected a running back was in Round 4 of the 2017 draft with Joe Williams.

The 49ers also drafted running back Elijah Mitchell from Louisiana in the sixth round. That is two draft picks on the running back position, which is a pretty good indicator Shanahan wanted to shake things up and reinforce the unit heading into 2021 and beyond. And while maybe to some this position didn’t feel like a pressing need for the team to fill, it obviously was something that needed to be addressed from the front office’s point of view.

Having a player like Mostert on the team is huge for these young rookies coming into their first year in the NFL. They will have time to develop and learn Shanahan’s system. There is a good mix of players having some experience on the team, along with inserting some new young talent into the position group.

Now, there are several running backs on the team, and normally teams do not carry more than three or four on the roster.

Let’s take a look at who exactly is on the roster in this position group right now and predict who sticks around into the regular season.