These 5 49ers could lose their jobs to 2022 NFL Draft picks

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Colton McKivitz, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Colton McKivitz (68) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4: 49ers offensive lineman Colton McKivitz

The 49ers offensive line is going to experience some notable battles between now and the end of the preseason, thanks to the infusion of two draftees into the mix, UTSA’s Spencer Burford and Fordham’s Nick Zakelj, both day-three selections with the capability of playing either guard or tackle.

Additionally, the undrafted free-agent additions of Dohnovan West and Jason Poe should make this group even more intriguing to watch during organized team activities and training camp.

The Niners’ O-line depth was a major problem a year ago during camp, and one can safely wonder if the trio of backups — Justin Skule, Jaylon Moore and Colton McKivitz — winds up having a much tougher time surviving cuts now than they initially would have.

OK, so second-year guard Aaron Banks may be in the mix, too. But with him being a Round 2 pick from a season ago, he stands the best shot at replacing now-New York Jets left guard Laken Tomlinson.

Of those remaining three, McKivitz seems the least favorable, as he was part of last year’s roster cuts and demotions to the practice squad, although Skule tore his ACL.

McKivitz was eventually recalled amid injuries to the O-line, yes. But one might safely predict he’s third on that otherwise unimpressive depth chart.