49ers roster: 4 players who may lose their jobs to 2023 rookies

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Ji'Ayir Brown
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Ji'Ayir Brown / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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The 49ers didn't look to add a lot of immediate-impact talent via the 2023 NFL Draft, but these four rookies could steal jobs nevertheless.

The San Francisco 49ers didn't make a selection in the 2023 NFL Draft until the very end of Round 3, although they ended up taking home three players in that round: safety Ji'Ayir Brown, kicker Jake Moody and tight end Carmeron Latu.

Those three headlined nine total players general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan selected over the course of the draft. Paired with 11 other undrafted free agents, the 2023 class of first-year players is aimed to support an already Super Bowl-caliber Niners roster.

Not to immediately fill in as starters or primary reserves.

That said, a few from San Francisco's rookie class could ultimately end up turning heads and starting over (or at least rising above) more established veterans right away.

Particularly these four.

49ers rookie Ronnie Bell could steal job from WR Ray-Ray McCloud

Don't miscontstrue this. The 49ers aren't going to part ways with wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud if he winds up losing out in a competition with wide receiver Ronnie Bell, one of the Niners' seventh-round draft choices who could have easily been selected two or three rounds earlier.

Bell is far too valuable in the return game, and that's where he'll be utilized the most.

However, amid injuries to fellow wideout Deebo Samuel, McCloud had to assume bigger roles on offense for much of the year, and he contributed with 243 yards on 14 receptions and a touchdown.

Bell, who plays with much more physicality and grit, could easily push McCloud for what'd essentially be the No. 4 receiving spot on the depth chart behind Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk and Jauan Jennings.

It'd be an important role and one Bell would likely get into easily enough if he outshines McCloud on offense during training camp.