|Offense||31st||126.2 (4th)||181.9 (32nd)|
|Defense||32nd||165.9 (32nd)||240.5 (14th)|
|54||Armstrong, Ray-Ray||OLB||6-3||220||3/5/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|Bibbs, Kapri||RB||5-11||203||1/10/1993||3||Colorado State|
|98||Blair, Ronald||DE||6-3||270||1/21/1993||2||Appalachian State|
|Bolden, Victor||WR||5-8||178||4/4/1995||R||Oregon State|
|Bourne, Kendrick||WR||6-1||203||8/4/1995||R||Eastern Washington|
|53||Bowman, NaVorro||ILB||6-0||242||5/28/1988||8||Penn State|
|Breida, Matt||RB||5-10||181||2/28/1995||R||Georgia Southern|
|26||Brock, Tramaine (FA)||CB||5-10||197||8/20/1988||8||Belhaven College|
|13||Burbridge, Aaron||WR||6-0||208||12/23/1993||2||Michigan State|
|95||Carradine, Tank||LB||6-4||295||2/18/1989||5||Florida State|
|Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||190||4/10/1993||1||Sacramento State|
|88||Celek, Garrett||TE||6-5||252||5/29/1988||6||Michigan State|
|Colbert, Adrian||DB||6-2||205||//||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|90||Dorsey, Glenn (FA)||NT||6-1||297||8/1/1985||10||Louisiana State|
|49||Dray, Jim (FA)||TE||6-5||255||12/31/1986||8||Stanford|
|10||Ellington, Bruce||WR||5-9||197||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|Flynn, J.P.||G||6-5||304||8/30/1993||R||Montana State|
|Fusco, Brandon||C||6-4||306||7/26/1988||7||Slippery Rock|
|Garcon, Pierre||WR||6-0||211||8/8/1986||10||Mount Union|
|66||Gardner, Andrew (FA)||G||6-6||308||4/4/1986||7||Georgia Tech|
|Gilliam, Garry||T||6-5||315||11/26/1990||4||Penn State|
|Golden, Malik||DB||6-1||194||4/27/1993||R||Penn State|
|Goodman, Evan||G||6-4||306||//||R||Arizona State|
|Gould, Robbie||K||6-0||190||12/6/1981||13||Penn State|
|Harris, DuJuan (FA)||RB||5-7||206||9/3/1988||4||Troy|
|51||Hodges, Gerald (FA)||ILB||6-2||236||1/17/1991||5||Penn State|
|Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||9||Michigan State|
|28||Hyde, Carlos||RB||6-0||235||9/20/1990||4||Ohio State|
|30||Iworah, Prince Charles||CB||5-10||193||3/11/1993||1||Western Kentucky|
|James, Chanceller||DB||6-1||205||//||R||Boise State|
|63||Jerod-Eddie, Tony (FA)||DE||6-5||301||3/29/1990||5||Texas A&M|
|Jerome, Lorenzo||DB||5-11||202||//||R||St. Francis (PA)|
|36||Johnson, Dontae||CB||6-2||200||12/1/1991||4||North Carolina State|
|Johnson, B.J.||WR||6-1||214||2/22/1993||R||Georgia Southern|
|Jones, Don||DB||5-11||195||5/14/1990||5||Arkansas State|
|93||Jones, Chris||DT||6-1||295||7/12/1990||5||Bowling Green State|
|7||Kaepernick, Colin (FA)||QB||6-4||230||11/3/1987||7||Nevada|
|17||Kerley, Jeremy||WR||5-9||188||11/8/1988||7||Texas Christian|
|67||Kilgore, Daniel||C||6-3||308||12/18/1987||7||Appalachian State|
|9||Lewis, Thad (FA)||QB||6-2||219||11/19/1987||5||Duke|
|59||Lynch, Aaron||OLB||6-5||270||3/8/1993||4||South Florida|
|Mullens, Nick||QB||6-1||196||3/21/1995||R||Southern Mississippi|
|86||Nelson, Kyle||LS||6-2||240||10/3/1986||6||New Mexico State|
|Nwachukwu, Noble||DE||6-2||275||11/30/0001||R||West Virginia|
|15||Ponder, Christian (FA)||QB||6-2||230||2/25/1988||6||Florida State|
|63||Price, Norman||T||6-4||311||8/25/1994||1||Southern Mississippi|
|27||Reaser, Keith||CB||6-0||190||7/31/1991||3||Florida Atlantic|
|23||Redmond, Will||CB||6-0||186||12/28/1993||2||Mississippi State|
|35||Reid, Eric||FS||6-1||213||12/10/1991||5||Louisiana State|
|33||Robinson, Rashard||CB||6-1||177||7/23/1995||2||Louisiana State|
|Robinson, Aldrick||WR||5-10||187||9/24/1988||5||Southern Methodist|
|Ross, Rashad||WR||6-0||180||2/2/1990||3||Arizona State|
|Smelter, DeAndre||WR||6-2||227||12/3/1991||1||Georgia Tech|
|74||Staley, Joe||T||6-5||315||8/30/1984||11||Central Michigan|
|81||Streater, Rod (FA)||WR||6-2||195||2/9/1988||6||Temple|
|Taylor, Trent||WR||5-8||181||4/30/1994||R||Louisiana Tech|
|25||Ward, Jimmie||CB||5-11||193||7/18/1991||4||Northern Illinois|
|Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||8||Florida State|
|Williams, Darrell||T||6-6||310||3/24/1993||R||Western Kentucky|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Bowman appears to have closed the book on his 2016 Achilles tear in remarkable time, considering he went down just over seven months ago and reportedly looked "nimble" on the practice field Wednesday. Now set to be the middle linebacker on a talent-deficient 49ers defense, Bowman could post huge tackle numbers this upcoming season if he can stay off the trainer's table.
Jones is among the best gunners in the league and led the Texans with 11 special teams tackles in 2016, despite playing in just nine games. Given the barren nature of the 49ers' secondary, he could conceivably carve out a role on defense this upcoming season.
Celek set career-highs in receptions (28) and yards (341) while tying last year's mark of three touchdowns with Sunday's score. He boasts great run blocking skills and sure hands, but lacks the athleticism of fellow tight end Vance McDonald that translates to fantasy production. Both tight ends were signed to extensions in 2016, so they should begin next season as the team's one-two punch yet again.
Though Carlos Henderson got most of the buzz coming out of Louisiana Tech's receiving corps, Taylor's production is nothing to scoff at. Taylor checks in at just 5-foot-8 and 181 pounds, but he had some of the best receiving numbers in the nation over his final two seasons. He followed up a 99-catch campaign in 2015 with a whopping 136 grabs on 176 targets as a senior. Louisiana Tech primarily used him on short and intermediate routes, and he'll likely fill a similar role at the next level. Taylor may not have the flashy athleticism to generate much buzz, but he has the reliable hands and crisp route running ability to potentially develop into a No. 3 receiver.
Showing no signs of the ankle injury he suffered in the 49ers' 2016 season finale, Robinson reportedly made a leaping interception of a deep pass from Brian Hoyer during 7-on-7 drills. He rolled with the first-string unit because Jimmie Ward (collarbone) wasn't able to participate in full, but if Ward switches to safety ahead of the 2017 campaign as previously reported, Robinson would likely become a mainstay in the starting lineup.
Lewis was forced out during the third quarter of Sunday's game, when he was the second signal-caller used in wake of Colin Kaepernick (shoulder) being sidelined. However, now that his season has already come to a close, rookie Jeff Driskel should see more reps behind Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert in practice.
Armstrong reportedly looked "energetic as ever", showing no signs of the pectoral injury that cost him the final 14 games of the 2016 season. He looks set to enter the summer as a key backup at outside linebacker.
A 2014 fifth-round selection, Lynch has primarily operated as a pass-rushing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, tallying 74 tackles and 14 sacks in 37 career games. The transition to a 4-3 scheme and a simpler role could help him rebound from an injury/suspension-marred 2016 season in which he managed only 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks in seven appearances. Still only 24 years old and listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, Lynch should be able to make the transition to defensive end. Recent first-round selections Arik Armstead (2015) and DeForest Buckner (2016) figure to provide a stronger interior pass-rushing presence that will make life a bit easier for Lynch and the team's other outside rushers.
With Dashaun Phillips being signed to the active roster Thursday, Ross was released in order to clear a spot on the 53-man roster. Ross recorded just one reception for eight yards in five games with the Redskins this season. That said, Ross' abilities in the return game could make him a targeted commodity among teams looking for late-season special teams help.
The 2015 fourth-round pick finally got his first NFL catch in Week 17 of the 2016 season. The opportunity was there for Smelter this season, but a preseason injury delayed his debut. He will still be under team control next season, so a clean bill of health could lead to opportunity on a team devoid of talent on the outside, but expectations will be low for the reclamation project.
It was rumored that the New 49ers regime was looking to trade McDonald and that has now been confirmed. The tight end had the best season of his four-year career in 2016, recording career highs in yards (391) and touchdowns (4) despite only playing in 11 games. If he's still with the team when the regular season begins, he'll likely the be the No. 1 tight end options.
In essence, Goodwin will be tasked with filling the Taylor Gabriel role as Kyle Shanahan takes his offense from Atlanta to San Francisco. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he won't be afforded luxuries like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, or an RB tandem like Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. However, new 49ers signal-caller Brian Hoyer has impressed over the last few campaigns, and Goodwin will be surrounded by running back Carlos Hyde (knee), wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Kerley, and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder), meaning the 26-year burner will have a chance to make his presence felt as a deep threat.
Iworah was promoted to the Niners' active roster two weeks ago. He suited up for last week's game against the Rams and isn't known to be dealing with an injury, so his inactive status for Sunday's game came as a surprise.
A holdover from the previous 49ers regime, Hyde produced 4.6 yards per carry last season to bring his career clip up to 4.3, but a trio of missed games leaves him with 14 absences through three years as he prepares for the final season of his rookie contract. With nothing to suggest the two sides are discussing an extension, the rebuilding 49ers could favor Williams -- who was drafted in the fourth round at No. 121 overall -- if he appears capable of matching or approaching Hyde's usual production. The 235-pound veteran has a clear advantage in terms of size and power, but Williams is still solidly built at 5-foot-10, 210 pounds -- and he ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine. Hyde should make a full recovery from last season's torn MCL before training camp.
The 49ers decided to get a bit younger at the kicker position, letting 42-year-old Phil Dawson walk in favor of the 35-year-old free agent. Gould was the model of consistency with the Bears prior to being released last season. He latched on with the Giants and proved that he was still a reliable option, hitting all 10 of his field-goal attempts (albeit none of the 50-plus variety). The 49ers were one of the lowest-scoring offenses in the NFL last year, but if their new GM and head coach can improve the offensive output, then Gould could be a consistent fantasy contributor in an era where reliable kickers have been few and far between.
Jerod-Eddie injured his chest in the second week of the preseason but returned against Green Bay on Sept. 26 and had his best showing with four tackles. He projects as a backup lineman if he can survive Saturday's roster cuts.
Carter spent training camp with the Patriots but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Entering his third season in the league, the Sacramento State product will compete for a role on special teams or as a depth option at wide receiver.
Hightower, who is set to turn 31 in May, has spent the past two seasons in a backup role with the Saints. The 49ers now have five running backs on the depth chart, having re-signed DuJuan Harris earlier in the week. Carlos Hyde (knee) is the clear-cut starter heading into the 2017 season, but Hightower will have a chance to compete with Harris, Mike Davis, and Raheem Mostert for snaps.
The 25-year-old played his first two seasons out of Pittsburgh with the Browns before spending 2016 without a team. The 49ers have reportedly had their eye on Williams, and have opted to give him a shot with a club. He drew 10 starts during his 26 games with the Browns, while recording recording 77 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defended, and three forced fumbles in the process. He figures to either compete for a backup role at free safety providing depth behind Eric Reid or try to find a more prominent role at cornerback.
Armstead ended 2016 on injured reserve due to his torn labrum, but the issue appears to be a thing of the past. The former first-round pick is set to start for the team at defensive end along with Aaron Lynch.
Dray was signed to replace Blake Bell (shoulder), who was placed on IR Monday. Likely the last option at tight end, behind Garrett Celek and Je'Ron Hamm, Dray is unlikely to have much of any fantasy impact in the final two weeks of the season.
Johnson wasn't certain to play at first due to a groin issue but ultimately suited up to compile four tackles and two deflected passes.
Though just a minicamp practice in April, Blair looks to have the early edge on Aaron Lynch for the "Leo" linebacker role in the 49ers' new 4-3 defense. However, the possibility of team management selecting an edge rusher early in this weekend's draft could change things quickly.
The rookie wideout was buried on the depth chart for the majority of the season, but he saw more reps in the final weeks of the season once injuries took a toll on the 49ers' receiving corps. The lack of targets (eight over the last three weeks) make it hard to evaluate the 2015 Big Ten Receiver of the Year heading into next season. The 49ers' offseason moves will determine whether or not playing time will be available for Burbridge.
The Broncos will also send a 2017 fifth-round pick to San Francisco in the deal, giving the Niners three fifth-round selections. Undrafted in 2014, Bibbs has spent the last three years with the Broncos, spending considerable time on the practice squad for two seasons before making the 53-man roster in 2016. Bibbs appeared in 12 games last season, carrying 29 times for 129 yards. He's expected to compete with DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis and Tim Hightower for backup carries behind Carlos Hyde.
Valued primarily for his blocking, Paulsen has 82 receptions in six professional seasons, with only three of those catches coming last year for the Bears. San Francisco seems to be targeting the middle tiers of free agency, also reaching early agreements with QB Brian Hoyer, FB Kyle Juszczyk and WRs Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin.
The seventh-overall pick from this year's draft lived up to his expectations, putting up numbers you'd expect from a high-end defensive lineman in 15 games. It is even more impressive considering he plays defensive end in a 3-4 formation, a scheme that usually lends tackles to linebackers more than linemen. If Buckner can build off of his strong rookie campaign, we could be looking at the cornerstone of the 49ers' defense for years to come.
It isn't clear how long Bell could be sidelined, but it shouldn't be long. He'll enter the summer as the 49ers' No. 4 tight end behind Vance McDonald, Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen.
This is a great value for the 49ers. Kittle doesn't get much hype -- he's widely regarded as a blocking tight end -- but he's an elite athlete at the position. Indeed, Kittle even has standout athleticism by wide receiver standards. At 6-foot-4, 247 pounds, Kittle boasts 4.52 speed and a 132-inch broad jump. Vance McDonald is the lead tight end in San Francisco, but Kittle could pay off as a dynasty investment in a couple years.
Jones played only six games for the 49ers in 2016, recording 17 combined tackles. He was claimed off of waivers by San Francisco last season after Arik Armstead went down with a shoulder injury. Jones will provide depth for the 49ers' defensive line.
Mitchell was cut by the Dolphins in a cap-saving move last week but it didn't take long for him to find a new home. While the Arizona product racked up a career-low 17 tackles and zero sacks last season, he could be in line for a rebound in 2017 if he can secure the Niners' first-string nose tackle job this summer; the incumbent starting nose tackle, Glenn Dorsey, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.
Aside from six games missed in his first season with the Redskins in 2012, Garcon has been a modicum of health in his other eight campaigns, missing five contests otherwise and none over the past four years. During that four-year span, he led the NFL in receptions once with 113 in 2013, received between 105 and 181 targets each season, and surpassed 1,000 yards on two occasions. On a sour note, he's topped out at six touchdowns in a given campaign, so his value is largely contingent upon a steady volume and avoiding the injury report. In San Francisco, he'll be reunited with head coach Kyle Shanahan, which should help Garcon sustain relevance in his third stop as a professional.
Smith's contract includes $13 million in guaranteed money. He led the Raiders with 103 tackles last season, and added an interception and two forced fumbles. The seventh-year linebacker has had some problems in pass coverage, but will still be a major boost to a run defense that was atrocious in 2016. The 49ers surrendered a whopping 165.9 rushing yards per game last season, good for dead last in the NFL.
Mostert reportedly sustained some sort of soft-tissue injury but the details of the affliction aren't clear. Unfortunately, no timetable was provided for his return.
Harold was the early favorite to start in place of Lynch heading into training camp and he apparently did enough to not lose that right. He didn't record a sack in a limited role last season, so it is unlikely he will be able to replicate Lynch's pass-rushing prowess while he fills in for the suspended linebacker.
Dorsey was inactive for the 49ers' matchup with the Rams this past week, as he was dealing with some discomfort in his knee. However, he's slowly upped his workload in practice over the last few days, going through a limited practice Wednesday, before logging a full session Thursday. It appears he should be good to go moving forward, so look for him to jump back in as the team's starting nose tackle heading into a Week 17 tilt with the Seahawks.
Davis was carted off the field during the Niners' game against the Cardinals on Thursday and did not return. The specifics of his injury are unclear, however. JaCorey Shepherd was signed to take his place on the active roster.
Beathard was considered a developmental draft selection, so Hoyer's starting job is in no danger and Shanahan confirmed that sentiment Friday. The journeyman quarterback has shown flashes of fantasy usefulness over the past few seasons, but injuries have always cut the 32-year-old's seasons short. Health and inconsistent results will keep veteran's value depressed heading into drafts next season, but there is some potential for a career year under Shanahan, who Hoyer threw for a career-high 3,326 yards in 2014 when both were with the Browns.
Barnes started all 32 regular season games for the Rams in 2015 and 2016 before his surprise release this offseason. Now with San Francisco, he'll have a chance to earn the starting role once again.
Unsigned through the first two weeks of free agency, Streater should find a home prior to the NFL Draft, though he may have to settle for a one-year contract and a shot to compete for a roster spot. He only caught 18 passes for 191 yards in 16 games with the 49ers last season, handling a minor role in one of the league's worst offensive attacks. His 2013 stat line with Oakland -- 60 catches for 888 yards -- is now a distant memory, with the 29-year-old wideout tallying only 28 receptions over the past three years.
After signing Brian Hoyer to a two-year deal earlier Thursday, the 49ers further bolstered their quarterback situation by adding another former Bear in Barkley. The 26-year-old Barkley showed flashes of potential in his run as the Bears' starter in 2016, completing over 60 percent of his passes in his final five starts and throwing five touchdowns in that stretch. He was prone to turnovers, however, as he tossed a whopping 12 interceptions in that span and 14 interceptions overall. In any case, he'll likely serve as Hoyer's backup in coach Kyle Shanahan's quarterback-friendly system.
Reaser played 48 snaps and recorded two tackles after taking over for the injured Ward on Sunday. The former's injury looked serious and he could miss extended time. If that's the case, then Reaser could be in line to start in his place.
Carradine had failed to record a statistic prior to exiting the contest. The severity of his injury is not known at this time. Eli Harold may see a bigger role providing outside linebacker depth in his absence.
Hodges was benched prior to last week's contest and both he and the team refused to comment on the nature of the offense. The one-week benching was all the punishment the veteran linebacker would receive as he was back in the starting lineup Saturday, leading the team in tackles. As long as he starts, Hodges is a great IDP option due to his propensity for racking up tackles.
Foster slid down the draft board Thursday night in part because of shoulder issues. The linebacker underwent surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder back in February but now says he feels 90 percent recovered. While the team believes Foster will be cleared in time for camp, the ailment will be something to keep an eye on throughout the offseason.
Brock's release comes just hours after news broke that he was arrested Thursday on suspicion of felony domestic violence. While the cornerback will have to see how that case pans out, he'll also be without a job until further notice.
Thomas (6-foot-3, 273 pounds) is a stocky end who lacks the wingspan of linemen typically drafted this high, but he was a productive disruptor at Stanford and has excellent athleticism for the position. He logged a 4.69-second 40 at the Combine, throwing in strong jumps (35-inch vertical, 126-inch broad jump) and uncommon agility (6.95-second three-cone, 4.28-second 20-yard shuttle). Even as a rookie, Thomas may be the best pass rusher on a 49ers defense lacking edge talent.
The injury is unrelated to Ellington's hamstring injury that cost him the entire 2016 season. However, with a new head coach in town, any time Ellington misses can only put him further behind the learning curve in picking up the new offense, which is a legitimate concern considering San Francisco brought in Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson as competition at wideout this offseason.
Despite spending a third-round draft pick on the quarterback out of Iowa, the 49ers are committed to developing the young arm behind the seasoned veteran, Brian Hoyer. Beathard could potentially wind up on the practice squad if both Hoyer and Matt Barkley enter camp healthy. While the rookie doesn't have the characteristics of a high-end fantasy quarterback, working with Shanahan -- who has gotten the most out of his quarterbacks -- could result in some fantasy-friendly performances down the road.
In terms of size and athleticism, there's not much difference between Witherspoon and Kevin King, who the Packers selected 33rd overall. At 6-foot-3, 198 pounds, Witherspoon logged a 4.45-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 40.5-inch vertical and 127-inch broad jump. He was a leading contributor on a dominant Colorado pass defense, and he makes a fine selection for the 49ers here.
Kerley appeared in all 16 games for the 49ers during the 2016 season after coming over from the Jets, finishing his campaign with 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns on 115 targets. He was also involved in kick and punt return duties, while serving as the No. 2 option at receiver behind Torrey Smith. Kerley expects to play a similar role in 2017, although there remains some uncertainty as to who will be the starting quarterback in San Francisco.
New head coach Kyle Shanahan made a strong push convincing the San Francisco front office to draft Williams, who was ultimately selected in the fourth round at No. 121 overall. General manager John Lynch initially planed to avoid the Utah product, but Lynch changed his mind when he learned that Williams' brief retirement from football during his senior season at Utah was motivated by the running back's need to deal with grief from his sister's death. Williams rejoined the team after a month-long absence and proceeded to run for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns in only seven games, producing at a clip of 7.1 yards per carry. He then ran a 4.41 40-yard dash at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds at the Combine, where he also had strong marks in the broad jump (125 inches) and 20-yard shuttle (4.19 seconds). Meanwhile, the oft-injured Hyde is entering the final season of his rookie contract, having missed 14 of a possible 48 games through three years. Hyde has mostly done strong work as an early-down runner when he's been healthy, but the rebuilding 49ers may still prioritize Williams' development if both players prove to be deserving of roles. Offseason addition Tim Hightower also figures to take on some snaps -- particularly on passing downs -- as Williams only caught nine passes during his senior season, and Hyde has never been much of a receiving threat.
Kaepernick seemingly understands he'll have to settle for a salary well below the $14.5 million he walked away from in San Francisco, but he does still hope to get paid like a low-end starter or high-end backup -- which may be wishful thinking at this point. There really isn't an obvious fit, but Cleveland, Houston and Denver could all be options, depending on what happens with Tony Romo and the upcoming NFL Draft. It won't be surprising if Kaepernick remains unsigned into May or June.
Harris didn't receive a tender offer from San Francisco once free agency started, but he did ultimately re-sign with the team in late March. However, after the Niners drafted Joe Williams in the fourth round and brought in rookies for tryouts over the weekend, Harris has again been cut loose. In 10 games last season, Harris rushed 38 times for just 138 yards and caught eight passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Fusco was released by the Vikings in February after spending the first six seasons of his career with Minnesota. The veteran guard has started 63 games in his career and will add depth to San Francisco's offensive line in 2017.
Watson had struggled to stay healthy the past few years, but he strung together a full, 16-game season with the Broncos in 2016 and wound up leading the team with 11 special-teams tackles. While he could theoretically carve out a rotational role at linebacker this summer, look for him to do most of his work for the Niners on special teams.
A 2013 first-round selection, Reid has started at free safety in each of his 57 career regular-season appearances, averaging a modest 4.4 tackles per game. He was actually poised to make a push for triple digits last season, but a torn biceps ended his campaign after 10 games and 62 tackles. With Reid expected to play closer to the line as San Francisco transitions from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3, he'll have a good opportunity to top his career-high mark of 77 tackles, which he set as a rookie in 2013. The Niners might consider starting Reid at strong safety and 2015 second-round selection Jaquiski Tartt at free safety, but it's possible the roles could be reversed or that 2014 first-rounder Jimmie Ward will also be in the mix for a starting gig. Ward primarily played nickel cornerback last season.
San Francisco is completely revamping the offense under new head coach Kyle Shanahan, adding Juszczyk to a haul that includes quarterback Brian Hoyer and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin in the initial hours of free agency. Juszczyk himself boasts a varied skill set, earning 55.4 percent of his offensive snaps running pass routes, 22.6 percent as a run blocker, and 20.9 percent in pass protection with the Ravens last season, per Louie Benjamin of Pro Football Focus. Notably, Juszczyk tallied 41 and 37 catches the last two seasons, so he could again establish some PPR relevance with his new squad.
Ward's fifth-year option keeps him under contract with San Francisco through the 2018 season. A former cornerback, Ward is expected to convert to safety for the 2017 season. He had 53 tackles and 12 passes defensed while playing in 11 games in 2016.
The ex-Falcon will join his former offensive coordinator in the Bay Area with the announcement of Thursday's signing. Robinson reeled in 20 receptions for 323 yards and two touchdowns on 32 targets last season, but that was on a Falcons team that was loaded at receiver. In San Francisco, there's at least the possibility of a clearer path to more targets for Robinson seeing as the current receiving pecking order for the 49ers appears to be unsettled behind the newly acquired Pierre Garcon.
Redmond was elected to return from IR as he was working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered in 2015. However, the team decided to not activate the cornerback to the 53-man roster, meaning he will remain on the IR for the remainder of the season. The rookie will shift his focus to returning to the field completely healthy next year as Jimmie Ward and Tramaine Brock will continue to to start at cornerback this season.
Tartt got the start in place of the injured Eric Reid (biceps) and took full advantage of the opportunity. While his coverage skills will need work, Tartt has undeniable athleticism, making him a candidate to rack up tackles so long as he continues to start.
This looks like a pure depth grab here with San Francisco already loaded along the front four. That said, Taumoepenu has some athleticism, notching a 4.67 in the 40-yard dash. He is undersized, even at defensive end, checking in at 6-foot-1 and just 243 pounds. His lack of size coupled with San Francisco's depth up front means that it could be awhile before Taumoepenu sees the field.
Dial appears ready to return to game action in Week 15 against the Falcons after missing Sunday's loss to the Jets. He'll provide depth at defensive end behind Chris Jones and DeForest Buckner.
While never spectacular, Brooks continues to turn in solid seasons from a statistical standpoint, offering a good mix of tackles and sacks that keep him IDP-relevant. The 32-year-old was relied upon heavily as the team was struck with injuries at the linebacker position. Brooks remains under contract for next season and would fit the team's need for a versatile outside linebacker. Due to his rising age and salary, there is always a chance the 49ers opt to cut him to move towards younger options through the draft or free agency. If that were to happen, Brooks would need to land a starting job in a 3-4 system to retain IDP value.
Ponder has spent the entire regular season as the 49ers' inactive third quarterback. With the club receiving inconsistent play under center between Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert, the coaching staff may be inching towards giving the former first-rounder a look in the final game or two. No official change has been announced, but if Ponder were to receive playing time, he would be a low-upside fantasy option due to his reputation as a "game manager."