Which players are on 49ers' roster bubble following 2024 NFL Draft?

Who's safe? Who's not?

Niner Noise looks at which 49ers players are on the roster bubble with the 2024 NFL Draft now in the books.

San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel (19) and Brandon Aiyuk (11)
San Francisco 49ers wide receivers Deebo Samuel (19) and Brandon Aiyuk (11) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages
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The 49ers added eight players via the 2024 NFL Draft and a slew of undrafted free agents, meaning there'll be some veterans on the roster bubble.

Technically, the San Francisco 49ers will have no more than 90 players on their offseason roster.

Unofficially, though, they have 92 after adding eight players via the 2024 NFL Draft and signing a reported nine undrafted free agents. Since many of the NFL draftees haven't inked their contracts yet, teams like the Niners can carry other players but will have to execute some roster cuts once those signings go official.

For our purposes, though, we'll take a look at those 93 who are either officially part of San Francisco, recently drafted by San Francisco or were reportedly signed by San Francisco as undrafted free agents.

The 49ers own a Super Bowl-caliber roster, meaning it'll be tough for all but the highest-drafted rookies to make the initial cut prior to Week 1, and UDFAs always face an uphill battle to earn a spot on the 53-man roster.

But, going through each position, we can at least determine who's on the roster bubble, who's safe and who's a long shot with almost zero chance.

Here are our four types of roster-bubble categories:

  • Lock: Barring an injury or anything crazy, he'll be there in Week 1
  • Strong bubble: Not quite guaranteed a spot, but a good chance
  • Weak bubble: Probably not, but you never know
  • Long shot: Hope you enjoyed training camp, pal

Let's dive into a position group that needs no drama where everyone is essentially a lock.

Note: * denotes rookie

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49ers bubble watch: Special teams

Lock: Jake Moody, Mitch Wishnowsky, Taybor Pepper
Strong bubble: None
Weak bubble: None
Long shot: None

A year ago, the Niners made waves by grabbing kicker Jake Moody in Round 3 of the draft after trading with the Carolina Panthers for veteran kicker Zane Gonzalez.

It was Moody's job to lose, given his draft status, and he cemented that role once the preseason concluded, leading to Gonzalez's release.

San Francisco added precisely zero specialists in free agency or the draft this offseason, so each of the 49ers' specialists this year are all but locked into place.