The NFL is arguably the king of competitive balance in professional sports, but the occasional championship-caliber roster boasts a handful of reserve players who could easily occupy starting roles on lesser-talented squads.
In an extremely short period of time, GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh have snatched up an abundance of talent and depth to bolster the soon-to-be 53-man roster, leaving the 49ers with one of the most feared squads in the NFL.
With a roster this deep—particularly at running back and wide receiver—a few Niners capable of fulfilling every-down duties in other NFL cities will be forced to take in the majority of the action from the sidelines this season.
That's their projected status before training camp, anyway.
Let's take a look at five 49er backups (or players who aren't projected to see every-down action) who could start elsewhere in the NFL.