Okay, here we go.
The rosters will be chopped down to the magic number (53) by 1pm Sept 4. I'm not expecting too many big surprises, but my roster list travels a little off the map here.
Much of my ridiculous forecast is based on where it seems like it would be smart to proceed with the roster additions and subtractions.
It's a little outside the box, but not too far off the deep end. Agree or disagree, enjoy this visual roster prediction.
Throwing off the front foot is a good thing.
This is probably the biggest no-brainer while creating a 53-man roster here. If Alex was on his way out, we would have noticed by now.
That's about it.
David Carr was brought in to do exactly what he's doing. And he'll do it all season unless Smith gets busted.
long road ahead
Nate Davis will not touch the football this year, baring a catastrophe.
Gore: too much good stuff.
Correction: this is the biggest no-brainer on the roster. Frank is the heart and soul of the 49ers offense.
Damn he looks good in Red and Gold.
I'm giving Westbrook the seniority here, as his veteran status simply outranks the rest of the running back corp.
Sweetness, only bigger, and not quite as good.
There's no way the 49ers cut Dixon after the pre-season he's been having. He's the team's future at running back, even if Gore is the present.
Franks the Tank's tank. A tank-tank, so to speak.
Behind every great running back out of a power-I formation is a great Fullback. Actually, Scratch that. In front of every great running back out of a Power-I formation is a great fullback.
Norris is pretty dang good; Frank makes him even better.
Like so many other 49ers: he's young, talented and has stratospheric expectations to live up to.
Stout for a WR, Morgan can block and shed tackles.
The Knock on Morgan has been his inconsistency. There are some games where he just can't be found. Other times, he's a standout. Morgan's best contibution, however, is the 220-pound receiver's ability to block on running plays.
Don't blink. Ginn has the ball!
The speed the 49ers craved last year showed up this off-season in the form of Ted Ginn Jr.
Who is this guy?
Camps best surprise (IMO) was probably this tall skinny fellow—with a big, fat heart.
Where is this one?
He's small, and now I worry delicate. Nevertheless, there are still some big expectations from the rookie. After all, he's a prototype slot receiver.
78 catches, 965 yards, 13 touchdowns. Need anybody say more?
Delanie makes plays.
Walker is more of a speedy, receiving tight end, but block just fine as well.
Bloody noses anyone?
More of a bruising blocker than Walker, Byham can still hurt a defense receiving if they forget about him.
Alex Smith's body guard#1.
The best, most experienced guy on the line, Joe is holding the left tackle spot until injured (Knock wood) or supplanted.
Another big boy.
Baas, last year's Bob McKittrick award recipient, will start the season at center until Eric Heitmann returns. He will then be their backup center and guard.
He can fly too?
This big rookie is getting plugged directly into the line. Agile, hostile, mobile, he's a big asset.
Starting center: you miss them when they're gone.
Out the first couple weeks with a broken leg bone, Heitmann needs to come back strong when he returns.
The big guy is coming around.
Rachal, a second round pick in 2008, is coming along nicely. Starting all but one game last year, he provides some experience next to Rookie Anthony Davis.
That's a bad dude.
The second big, bad, first-round pick will also start; not bad for a 20-year-old.
Snyder has made a start at every position except center. He's a versatile and valuable backup.
Simms returns to the 49ers this year as their oldest lineman. At 35 years-old, he'll be doing a lot of mentoring, but can also step in wherever needed. Simms filled in for Joe Staley for seven games in 2009, and did a good job.
The silent killer
Heitmann's out, making Wragge the backup center while Baas fills in.
Rumble, big man, rumble.
The franchise nose guard is back.
A staple of the defense, Smith is ready for another good season; he knows no other kind.
Fairly versatile big man on defense, Sopoaga is a brick to move.
Smaller, but effective.
He's small and young, but can be effective.
Don't forget about him.
Yet another good talent on the defensive line.
Good stuff...lower the stance a little?
Adequate on the pass rush, Evans can work against the run too.
You've never heard of Patrick Willis? That means you live under a rock.
Look out, part II.
Aging like fine wine, Spikes returns for his 13th year.
Pass rush sleeper 20140.
Lawson was a mild concern as an OTA holdout, but he did add 25 pounds of muscle during the off season.
Can Travis stay healthy?
Many see him as a starter—if he can stay healthy.
Coming off a lacerated kidney, Brooks looks to reignite the sack fire he started last year.
The young man can play, and he will.
Down goes Garrard.
Haralson still needs to come out of his shell, but he's getting there.
Adds depth as s special teams standout more than anything.
Expensive, and he's no Revis, but he plays.
Might actually be the best corner on the team.
A good guy, for fans and teammates.
Welcome to San Francisco, young man.
Get that spit outta here!
More youth speed, and skill.
He's got it.
Finally a recent picture of Adams. Welcome to the NFL, rookie.
He's got it.
Best safety on the team.
Don't eat a fly.
Pretty intense: right for the position.
A star is born?
Apparently, they do still make players like Taylor mays.
The cheerleaders are over here!
Just another young, talented defensive back.
Gotta have a kicker.
Lee is a Pro-Bowl punter.
Somebody has to snap it.
This is where it gets tricky...
No question this guy's name comes up every time the chopping block is mentioned; his running does not impress anybody. Blocking and tackling on special teams, however, save his place here.
I think Miller get a shot from the get go this year. He does well on special teams as well, as he converted to fullback from linebacker.
When the press mentions cutting Boone, they include the likelihood that he'll be claimed off waivers by another team before the 49ers can get him to the practice squad. Keeping him aviods this mess.
Obviously this isn't official. Some spots (especially the last three here) leave the door open for debate and controversy. Actual rosters are revealed Saturday.
Until then, um... Go 49ers!