In just two weeks, the NFL “offseason” will be just about over. On July 30th, rookies will be required to report to the 49ers training camp. On that day, 19 rookies will make their way to Santa Clara. Certainly, not all will be on the team come September 4th, the day all NFL teams are required to bring their roster to 53 players. Below, is a list of the 19 hopefuls, listed by position.
Cornerbacks: Philip Adams, Tramaine Brock, Patrick Stoudamire, LeRoy Vann.
Safeties: Chris Maragos, Taylor Mays.
Linebackers: Mike Balogun, Navarro Bowman, Keaton Kristick.
Defensive Linemen: None
Offensive Linemen: Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Matt Kopa.
Tight Ends: Nate Byham.
Wide Receivers: Bakari Grant, Scott Long, Jared Perry, Kyle Williams.
Running Backs: Anthony Dixon.
Quarterbacks: Jarrett Brown.
How great are the chances of those players making the team? A lot of factors come into play. First, will the player make an impact on the team, even if that means just on special teams. Secondly, depth will be a factor. If the team is really thin at a position, it can to some extent improve a rookie’s chances of making the final cut. Last but not least, how bad do they want it. The rookies cannot go and expect that a spot is owed to them because they made a nice play or two. They must show their worth every single down. They must be willing to listen and learn, on the field and off the field. And, that goes for all the players, whether selected with the 1st pick or being undrafted.
On the days leading up to the start of training camp, I will be providing some info on the players and their chances of making the team. I know that not much has been seen of these rookies, but right now, my gut feeling tells me that six players will make the team. Outside of the early picks, who do you think will make the team? As always, your feedback is welcomed.