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State Of The League: San Francisco 49ers

A First Look at the 2021 49ers!
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 14: The San Francisco 49ers come together on the field before the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. The Chiefs defeated the 49ers 19-16. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

Training camp and the NFL preseason are here! We are going over all 32 teams’ offseason moves, division by division: their player personnel changes, projected preseason depth charts, and more! Then, moving along in the NFC West, we look in on the San Francisco 49ers!

San Francisco 49ers Preseason Projected Depth Chart

QBJimmy GaroppoloTrey Lance
RB1Raheem MostertWayne Gallman
RB2Trey SermonElijah Mitchell
FBKyle Juszczyk
WR1Brandon AiyukMohamed Sanu
WR2Deebo SamuelJauan Jennings
WR3Trent SherfieldJalen Hurd
TEGeorge KittleRoss Dwelley
LTTrent WilliamsJaylon Moore
LGLaken TomlinsonColton McKivitz
CAlex MackJake Brendel
RGDaniel BrunskillAaron Banks
RTMike McGlincheyTom Compton
DEArik ArmsteadDee Ford
DTD.J. JonesZach Kerr
DTJavon KinlawKevin Givens
DENick BosaKentavius Street
OLBDre GreenlawMarcell Harris
MLBFred WarnerMychal Kendricks
OLBDemetrius Flannigan-FowlesSamson Ebukam
CB1Jason VerrettDontae Johnson
CB2K’Waun WilliamsAmbry Thomas
CB3Emmanuel MoseleyDeommodore Lenoir
FSJimmie WardTavon Wilson
SSJaquiski TarttTalanoa Hufanga
KRobbie Gould
PMitch Wishnowsky
LSTaybor Pepper
KRRichie JamesElijah Mitchell
PRBrandon AiyukRichie James

*BOLD player name = Rookie*


San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Draft Class

Round 1 (3rd overall): QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State

Round 2 (48th): OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame

Round 3 (88th): RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State

Round 3 (102nd): CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan

Round 5 (155th): OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan

Round 5 (172nd): CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon

Round 5 (180th): S Talanoa Hufanga, USC

Round 6 (194th): RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana


San Francisco 49ers Offseason Player Personnel Moves

Expired Contracts
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Richard ShermanCB33SF
Ben GarlandC33SF
Mark NzeochaOLB31SFOption Declined
Ezekiel AnsahDE32SF
Jordan ReedTE31SF
Tony BergstromC35SF
Hroniss GrasuC30SF
Dion JordanDE31SF
Jamar TaylorCB31SF
Chris ThompsonWR27SF
Mark FieldsCB25SFWaived
Nate GerryLB26SFWaived
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamAcquired via
Alex MackC36ATLSFFree Agency
Trent SherfieldWR25ARZSFFree Agency
Tavon WilsonS31INDSFFree Agency
Samson EbukamOLB26LARSFFree Agency
Wayne GallmanRB27NYGSFFree Agency
Mohamed SanuWR32DETSFFree Agency
Nate SudfeldQB28PHISFFree Agency
James BurgessLB27GBSFFree Agency
Senio KelemeteG31HOUSFFree Agency
MyCole PruittTE29TENSFFree Agency
Eddie VanderdoesDT27HOUSFFree Agency
Shilique CalhounDE29NESFFree Agency
Mychal KendricksLB31WSHSFFree Agency
Maurice HurstDT26LVSFFree Agency
Arden KeyDE25LVSFFree Agency
Bennie FowlerWR30NOSFFree Agency
Joshua PerkinsTE28PHISFFree Agency
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamDeparted via
Solomon ThomasDE26SFLVFree Agency
Tevin ColemanRB28SFNYJFree Agency
Kendrick BourneWR26SFNEFree Agency
Kerry HyderDE30SFSEAFree Agency
C.J. BeathardQB28SFJAXFree Agency
Joe WalkerILB29SFWSHFree Agency
Nick MullensQB26SFPHIFree Agency
Ronald BlairDE28SFNYJFree Agency
Marquise GoodwinWR31SFCHIFree Agency
Trent TaylorWR27SFCINFree Agency
Briean Boddy-CalhounS28SFTENFree Agency
Jerick McKinnonRB29SFKCFree Agency
Ahkello WitherspoonCB26SFSEAFree Agency
PlayerPositionAge2020 Team2021 TeamInfo / Notes
Trent WilliamsLT33SFSF
Jaquiski TarttS29SFSF
Kyle JuszczykFB30SFSF
K’Waun WilliamsCB30SFSF
Jason VerrettCB30SFSF
Dontae JohnsonCB30SFSF
Tom ComptonG/T32SFSF
Emmanuel MoseleyCB25SFSF
Daniel BrunskillG/T27SFSF
D.J. JonesDT26SFSF
Taybor PepperLS27SFSF
Ross DwelleyTE26SFSF
Marcell HarrisS/LB27SFSF
Jordan WillisDE26SFSF
Ken WebsterCB25SFSF
Josh RosenQB24SFSF
River CracraftWR27SFSF
Austin WalterRB25SFSF


San Francisco 49ers Offseason Notes/Review

  • Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh left the San Francisco 49ers this offseason to be the head coach of the New York Jets. He took 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur with him to be his offensive coordinator in New York. In their place, the 49ers hired from within promoted run game coordinator Mike McDaniel to offensive coordinator (the 1st assistant coach to hold that title under head coach Kyle Shanahan) and linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans defensive coordinator. The offense won’t change much, if at all, as Shanahan will still be calling plays, but McDaniel will still have a big role in the game-planning week to week. Ryans will call the defense, and there might be some slight tweaks in the game plan compared to when Saleh ran the defense, but there won’t be major changes on that side of the ball either. 
  • The 49ers didn’t spend big in free agency, but signing Alex Mack to a three-year deal should pay off immediately, as there was a huge need at center coming into the offseason. Though Mack is rather seasoned (36 years old in November), he has been one of the best at his position in the NFL over the course of his career and missed only two games while playing in Atlanta the last five years. 
  • The offensive line was a point of emphasis this offseason. The team re-signed Trent Williams to a massive six-year deal that makes him the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL – a questionable decision based on his age and injury concerns, but a necessary move to keep the line in good shape. In addition, they brought in Mack and Senio Kelemete as free agents, re-signed Tom Compton and Daniel Brunskill, and selected Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore in the NFL Draft. Williams and Mack are locks to start. Brunskill is the current favorite to start at right guard. The rest are competing for backup roles, as the team looked to beef up the depth upfront. 
  • This offseason, the big story for the San Francisco 49ers was the trade-up they did before the NFL Draft to move up to number three overall. Everyone knew they were trading up for a quarterback; the question was: which one? After Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones were the top options left. The rumors pointed at it coming down to Jones or Lance, and on draft night, the 49ers opted to go with the raw/big arm/athletic Lance. The questions surrounding Lance were legitimate – small school, lower level of competition, only 17 starts in his college career (including just one start in 2020 due to Covid opt-out), but the physical talent is undeniable. Jimmy G might be the starter this season, but Lance will get playing time in sub packages and might even push Garoppolo as the season goes on if the passing game struggles.
  • Injuries devastated this roster last season, as several starters spent significant time on the sideline. The list includes Garoppolo, George Kittle, Nick Bosa, Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams, Raheem Mostert, Dee Ford, Jaquiski Tartt, K’Waun Williams, and other key backups/rotational players as well. This is a talented team with a solid ground game, an excellent defensive front, and upper echelon coaching; all the ingredients to make a push for a division crown and more. Having an easy schedule outside of the division helps, but this team won’t go anywhere if they suffer the same injury woes of last season, or Jimmy G can’t take this team to the next level.
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