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June 18, 2009
49ers depth chart

The 49ers don't have an official depth chart, and they probably won't have one until at least training camp. But I guarantee the one below is pretty darn close. Based on spring practices - who practiced with which group - as well as the depth in recent seasons, here's how I see the 49ers' depth chart in training camp ... With a few exceptions (like quarterback), if a name appears after the second comma, that player either needs to be a high draft pick or a hell of a special teams player to make the 53-man roster ...

  • Quarterback:

  • Shaun Hill, Alex Smith, Damon Huard, Nate Davis
  • Running back:

  • Frank Gore, Glen Coffee, Michael Robinson, Thomas Clayton, Kory Sheets
  • Fullback:

  • Moran Norris, Zak Keasey, Michael Robinson
  • Receiver:

  • Josh Morgan, Michael Crabtree, Arnaz Battle, Dominique Zeigler, Maurice Price, Mark Bradford
  • Receiver:

  • Isaac Bruce, Jason Hill, Brandon Jones, Michael Spurlock, Dobson Collins
  • Left tackle:

  • Joe Staley, Marvel Smith, Barry Sims, Adam Snyder
  • Left guard:

  • David Baas, Tony Wragge, Joe Toledo
  • Center:

  • Eric Heitmann, Cody Wallace
  • Right guard:

  • Chilo Rachal, Tony Wragge, Cody Wallace, Kyle Howard, Matthew Huners
  • Right tackle:

  • Marvel Smith, Adam Snyder, Alex Boone, Jacob Bender
  • Tight end:

  • Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Bear Pascoe, Joe Jon Finley
  • Defense
  • Left defensive end:

  • Isaac Sopoaga, Kentwan Balmer, Ricky-Jean Francois, Pannel Egboh
  • Nose tackle:

  • Aubrayo Franklin, Isaac Sopoaga, Kentwan Balmer, Khalif Mitchell
  • Right defensive end:

  • Justin Smith, Demetric Evans, Ray McDonald
  • "Mike" inside linebacker:

  • Patrick Willis, Jeff Ulbrich, Justin Roland
  • "Ted" inside linebacker:

  • Takeo Spikes, Scott McKillop, Mark Washington
  • "Will" outside linebacker:

  • Parys Haralson, Ahmad Brooks, Diyral Briggs
  • "Sam" outside linebacker:

  • Manny Lawson, Marques Harris, Jay Moore
  • Cornerback:

  • Nate Clements, Shawntae Spencer, Marcus Hudson, Carlos Thomas
  • Cornerback:

  • Dre' Bly, Tarell Brown, (Bly and Brown are tied), Terrail Lambert, Jahi Word-Daniels
  • Strong safety:

  • Michael Lewis, Mark Roman, Reggie Smith, Lewis Baker
  • Free safety:

  • Dashon Goldson, Mark Roman, Curtis Taylor
  • Kicker:

  • Joe Nedney, Alex Romero
  • Punter:

  • Andy Lee, Alex Romero
  • Longsnapper:

  • Brian Jennings, Scott McKillop
  • Returner:

  • Allen Rossum, Michael Spurlock, Brandon Jones

* Note: Some of these rankings are my opinion. For example, I put Arnaz Battle ahead of Dominique Zeigler because I think, when the pads go on, he will a better fit for this offense. But that's certainly a projection.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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