SFI's projected depth chart

We've seen what the 49ers look like this spring. Now, one day after the conclusion of spring practice drills, SFI projects where the Niners stand two deep at every position entering training camp in July:

OFFENSE

QB-Tim Rattay, Ken Dorsey

Comment: It appears Rattay will hit his goal of returning at start of training camp

TB-Kevan Barlow, Terry Jackson

Comment: Jackson was slightly better than Jamal Robertson in minicamps

FB-Fred Beasley, Jasen Isom

Comment: Beasley better than ever this spring

WR-Cedrick Wilson, Curtis Conway

Comment: Wilson deserves to be starter entering training camp, but Conway could take over position once there

WR-Brandon Lloyd, Rashaun Woods

Comment: Lloyd grabbed hold of distinction as team's No. 1 receiver during outstanding spring

LT-Kwame Harris, Jerome Davis

Comment: Big things being expected from Harris, who has no competition for job

LG-Eric Heitmann, Dwayne Ledford

Comment: There could be changes at this position by the time season begins

C-Jeremy Newberry, Brock Gutierrez

Comment: A healthy Newberry will be ready to roll in July

RG-Kyle Kosier, Justin Smiley

Comment: Kosier holding onto position by thinnest of margins; expect impressive Smiley to become starter at either RG or LG at some point in 2004

RT-Scott Gragg, Greg Randall

Comment: Addition of Randall makes Niners strong at position behind steady Gragg

TE-Eric Johnson, Aaron Walker

Comment: Both of these guys could become prominent figures in offense

DEFENSE

LE-John Engelberger, Brandon Whiting

Comment: Everybody wondering what team can expect from Whiting once he's cleared to practice

LT-Bryant Young, Michael Landry

Comment: Open competition for Nos. 3 and 4 tackle spots

RT-Anthony Adams, Isaac Sopoaga

Comment: Adams and/or Young most likely tackles to be on field in 3-4 schemes

RE-Andre Carter, Andrew Williams

Comment: Carter a mainstay; Niners trying to find ways to get Williams on field to contribute

LOLB-Derek Smith, Saleem Rasheed

Comment: All-Pro Julian Peterson doesn't figure to be around much this summer, so we're going with what the Niners will be putting on the field

LILB-Jeff Ulbrich, Brandon Moore

Comment: Smith, Ulbrich, Moore and others are interchangeable at several LB positions

RILB-Jamie Winborn, Richard Seigler

Comment: Impact of Peterson's absence lessened when Winborn can step into starting lineup

LC-Ahmed Plummer, Jimmy Williams

Comment: Williams the leader going into summer for nickel role as No. 3 cornerback

RC-Mike Rumph, Shawntae Spencer

Comment: Rumph ready to take over in full-time role; Spencer still developing

SS-Tony Parrish, Keith Lewis

Comment: Parrish the rock of secondary; Lewis needs to catch up after missing June minicamps

FS-Ronnie Heard, Dwaine Carpenter

Comment: This order could change at any day, but Heard the marginal leader entering training camp

SPECIALTY POSITIONS

K-Todd Peterson, Danny Boyd

Comment: Peterson's job to lose, though Boyd had solid spring

P-Andy Lee, Andy Groom

Comment: No real competition here as Lee has all but locked up job

KR-Cedrick Wilson, Derrick Hamilton

Comment: Who fills this role won't be decided until after preseason games

PR-Jimmy Williams, Cedrick Wilson

Comment: Williams the most logical candidate to continue in role, but he may be needed more on defense

LS-Brian Jennings, Jeremy Newberry

Comment: Jennings one of the best in the business

H-Andy Lee, Tim Rattay

Comment: Niners learned last year that this role can make a difference between wins and losses


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