Predicting the Last 5 In, Last 5 out for 49ers' Final 53-Man Roster

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Predicting the Last 5 In, Last 5 out for 49ers' Final 53-Man Roster
Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press
With so much depth at the position, wide receiver Brandon Lloyd could be on the fringe of the 53-man roster.

The San Francisco 49ers are going to be in a bit of a bind when it comes to formulating their final 53-man roster for the 2014 NFL season.

On one hand, this is a good problem to have. San Francisco has oodles of talent on both sides of the ball. There is tremendous depth, both young and established. An elite roster was made even stronger thanks to the multitude of offseason acquisitions made by general manager Trent Baalke.

It's a good situation to be in. Would-be starters on other teams face stiff competition to secure roster spots with the 49ers. That competition brings out the best in most players.

But on the flip side, the final roster cuts before Week 1 essentially mean San Francisco will be parting ways with some clear-cut talent. Some will be destined for the practice squad, while others are released altogether.

Other teams around the league will certainly be eyeballing each one of the 49ers' transactions leading up to the start of the regular season, hoping to pick up players that may be capable of contributing at a high level.

This is the nature of the NFL. While the 49ers will put confidence in the best 53 players on the roster, some "good enough" players will assuredly get shown the door.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area put together an excellent summation of competition for these 53 roster spots, highlighting specifically who is a "lock," who looks good and who has a lot to prove.

In this slideshow, we speculate the final five players who barely make the cut as well as the top five who just missed out. Maiocco's assessment will give us a good starting point and we shall combine his insights with further analysis—both from other experts as well as this author.

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