Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Roster After 2014 NFL Draft

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Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Roster After 2014 NFL Draft
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Over the next few weeks and months, head coach Jim Harbaugh will have the tough task of assembling his final 53-man roster.

The 2014 NFL draft is over, the undrafted free agents (UDFAs) have been acquired and the San Francisco 49ers can now start shifting their attention to the formulation of a team that will put them in the best position to reach for a sixth Super Bowl title.

San Francisco enjoyed a fruitful draft, bringing 11 picks into the mix and turning that number into 12 prospects—the full list of which is provided by 49ers.com.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh's roster is already loaded with talent. There is little questioning that. The unofficial depth chart, released before the draft, can be viewed here.

Armed with this influx of talent, Harbaugh and Co. will have some tough decisions in the weeks and months that follow the draft. Entering training camp, the roster will need to be cut down to 90 players. 

Already having 74 players under contract before adding another 12 prospects—plus seven UDFAs—cuts will need to be made.

As the 49ers enter training camp and then the preseason, further subtractions will need to take place in order to get the final roster down to 53.

In this slideshow, we break down the final starting roster for San Francisco as it prepares for its 2014 NFL campaign. Some positions will be easy to disseminate. Others, especially considering the added talent, will obviously be more complicated.

Of course there will be various circumstances that affect and change how the roster may pan out. Linebacker Aldon Smith's looming suspension is one such example.

So which players make it into the starting lineup and which players will find themselves in a backup role? Are there players in danger of being cut or placed on the practice squad?

Let's take a look.

 

Note: All projections for the 53-man roster are indicated by bold text. Standard text indicates player will either be inactive, cut or demoted to the practice squad.

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