49ers roster: Predicting offensive line depth chart after NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
Predicting 49ers Week 1 O-line depth chart
Grabbing Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore in the NFL Draft pointed to the possibility Kyle Shanahan wasn’t anywhere close to being satisfied with his offensive line depth heading into 2021.
Banks could potentially push down Daniel Brunskill, whereas Moore’s presence and a natural fit in a zone-style offense endanger the chances of other reserve players making the regular-season group by the time the season starts.
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But Brunskill’s versatility could afford the Niners the ability to keep only eight linemen on their 53-man roster, cutting down the need to retain another depth player.
As such, here are our Week 1 O-line predictions for both the starters and reserves:
- LT: Trent Williams
- LG: Laken Tomlinson
- C: Alex Mack
- RG: Aaron Banks
- RT: Mike McGlinchey
- Reserve: Daniel Brunskill
- Reserve: Justin Skule
- Reserve: Jaylon Moore
It’s not yet clear how the NFL will allow teams to formulate their practice squads this season. If it’s anything like last year, veterans like Shon Coleman could be made eligible whereas they wouldn’t have been in previous years.
Colton McKivitz, a second-year pro who clearly needed a full regimen of offseason workouts but didn’t get them in 2020, could also be eligible for the practice squad and an immediate reserve call-up option.
As for the rest? Well, it’s likely they’ll be trying to feature themselves as valuable as possible during preseason bouts in order to land jobs with new teams during the regular season.
And from San Francisco’s perspective, it merely hopes a lack of injury attrition and some consistency ultimately translate into this unit becoming one of the more effective groups in the league in 2021.