No. 2: 49ers offensive lineman Colton McKivitz
Already, there are plenty of signs the Niners aren’t too high on third-year offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, as he failed to make the initial 53-man roster out of the preseason in 2021 and was only subsequently brought back up off the practice squad once right tackle Mike McGlinchey suffered a season-ending quad injury.
McGlinchey’s status is surely something to monitor this offseason, as are the potential moves San Francisco might make to reinforce its O-line via the draft.
Some of these moves could be on the inside of the formation, yes, but that also impacts McKivitz. Right now, and even despite the 49ers bidding farewell to veteran lineman Tom Compton to free agency, McKivitz is locked in a depth-chart battle with fellow depth linemen like Justin Skule and second-year pro Jaylon Moore.
Moore, who had some promising moments during training camp and in the preseason a year ago, probably has a bit more leeway over McKivitz right now.
And if the Niners wind up adding one or even two more linemen via the draft, McKivitz will probably end up being the victim of a numbers game he stands little chance at winning.