Overview for 49ers 2023 UDFA class: Offensive line
Joey Fisher, Offensive Lineman, Shepherd
Small-school prospects are always interesting when it comes to UDFA signings because there’s always a good chance that someone might have fallen through the cracks. This is especially true of the offensive line, which isn’t exactly a sexy position. Fisher measured in at 6-foot-4, 296 pounds and looks like he could be NFL-ready as a run blocker.
When it comes to pass protection, Fisher needs some work, but he looks like a definite developmental prospect at right tackle or perhaps guard.
Verdict: One of the more intriguing prospects in the UDFA class, Fisher is a raw prospect that could be the next big developmental talent for San Francisco. Given the lack of depth, don’t rule him out to make the roster if the 49ers love him enough.
Ilm Manning, Offensive Lineman, Hawaii
A long-term starter at left tackle for Hawaii, Ilm Manning is a solid UDFA prospect at the next level but lack of size at 6-foot-2, 294 pounds will push him inside to guard. He’s got athletic potential but has to improve technique with his hands for him to really make any mark in the NFL.
Nonetheless, his experience at Hawaii has given him some good fundamentals and the untapped athletic potential could make him Manning an interesting person to monitor.
Verdict: Interior depth is even worse than tackle depth, so it wouldn’t shock me if Manning gets some earlier-than-expected reps with the backups and sticks onto the roster. If he can show he can play center and be versatile, that’ll help his chances.
Corey Luciano, Center, Washington
Corey Luciano was Washington’s starting center and was an All-PAC 12 honorable mention, so he had a pretty good season. He’s 6-foot-4, 307 pounds, so he does at least have the size if nothing else. That being said, Luciano didn’t really get on the draft radar.
Verdict: Jake Brendel doesn’t have an obvious backup so Luciano has the best chance to get on the roster as far as positional need is concerned. Brendel was undrafted in his own right, so Luciano certainly can’t be counted out even if he wasn’t considered draftable.