Roided out rosters: Early 49ers edition

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Our suggested 49ers roster matched the actual 49ers roster with a couple of exceptions.

I had the team keeping Ashley Lelie as the sixth receiver. The team cut Lelie, keeping only five at the position.

I also saved a roster spot for linebacker Larry Grant, pending news about Parys Haralson's shoulder injury. That injury apparently wasn't serious enough to necessitate a roster move at this time. Haralson stays. Grant projects to the practice squad, most likely.

Cutting a receiver allowed the 49ers to keep an extra defensive back. I had them cutting Marcus Hudson in favor of Keith Lewis. The 49ers kept both.

The numbers at defensive back do not include return specialist Allen Rossum. The NFL lists him as a cornerback. Rossum could help at that position in a pinch, but return specialist is his primary role. He is also listed at cornerback in our updated roided-out rosters (I'll update these throughout the day as cuts come in).

Full position-by-position look at the roster below:


  • Keepers (3) -- J.T. O'Sullivan, Alex Smith, Shaun Hill

  • Missed cut (0) -- None

  • Key issue --Is O'Sullivan more than a stopgap starter to open the season? Is Smith finished in San Francisco?

Running backs


Tight ends

  • Keepers (3) -- Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Bill Bajema

  • Missed cut (1) -- J.J. Finley

  • Key issue -- Walker's 101-yard return Friday night demonstrated what the 49ers already knew: Walker is more than your typical backup tight end. Davis has the first-round pedigree, but Walker is highly valued.

Offensive line

Defensive line


Defensive backs