49ers' 53-man roster projection includes three quarterbacks

Blaine Gabbert has the edge on Colin Kaepernick for the starting QB job heading into training camp. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers wrapped up their offseason program on June 9 and open training camp on July 31 in Santa Clara, California. Here’s a 53-man roster projection:


Blaine Gabbert

Colin Kaepernick

Thad Lewis

Gabbert has the upper hand on the starting job, but don’t be surprised to see Kaepernick make a strong push in camp. He’s healthy following three offseason surgeries and seems to have been humbled following an offseason in which he asked to be traded, only to see nothing happen. Lewis’ experience in Chip Kelly-style offenses should allow him to beat out sixth-round draft pick Jeff Driskel, who could be brought back on the practice squad.


Shaun Draughn

DuJuan Harris

Carlos Hyde

Kelvin Taylor

Hyde’s got the top spot in the backfield as long as he can stay healthy. Draughn’s ability to catch passes brings some versatility to the offense and should garner him plenty of playing time. Harris got extended reps in the offseason so it will be interesting to see whether he or Taylor, the team’s sixth-round draft pick, move up the depth chart.


Dres Anderson

Bruce Ellington

Quinton Patton

Jerome Simpson

Torrey Smith

DeAndrew White

Smith inherits the No. 1 spot on the depth chart now that Anquan Boldin is out of the picture, the first time in his career that he will be the unquestioned go-to guy. Smith is out to prove he’s more than just a deep threat and developed a good rapport with Gabbert in the offseason. The bigger issue is who will step up behind him. Ellington, Patton and Simpson are No. 3 guys at best, while Anderson – the son of former Rams star Flipper Anderson – isn’t consistent enough to shoulder a bigger load. White has the size but is more closer to being on the bubble than he is a regular contributor.


Garrett Celek

Vance McDonald

Bruce Miller

McDonald is the most accomplished of the 49ers' tight ends and spent most of the offseason working with the first-team offense. Miller is making the transition from fullback and is a little undersized for the position, but the coaching staff loves his grit and his ability to play on special teams. Celek gets in based on his experience with the team, and he's more of a natural tight end than Miller is.


Zane Beadles

Trent Brown

Joshua Garnett

Collin Kelly

Daniel Kilgore

Marcus Martin

Erik Pears

Joe Staley

John Theus

Brandon Thomas

Staley, the five-time Pro Bowl left tackle, is the only real lock heading into training camp. The other four spots are up for grabs. Garnett, the second of the 49ers' two first-round draft picks, needs to catch up in camp but likely will open the season as the starting left guard. The biggest battle is at right tackle where incumbent Pears is trying to beat out the 6-foot-8. 355-pound Brown for the job.


Arik Armstead

DeForest Buckner

Quinton Dial

Glenn Dorsey

Tony Jerod-Eddie

Mike Purcell

Kaleb Ramsey

Garrison Smith

Ian Williams

Williams gets the nod at nose tackle over Dial, though both will get plenty of playing time. Dorsey and Buckner, the seventh overall pick in the 2016 draft, will be the bookends on a line that will have to lean on its depth. Guys like Armstead, Purcell and Smith should figure heavily into the rotation.


Ray-Ray Armstrong

Ahmad Brooks

NaVorro Bowman

Eli Harold

Gerald Hodges

Aaron Lynch

Michael Wilhoite

Bowman and Brooks are a solid inside-outside tandem, while Lynch has developed nicely. Hodges has a little better upside than Wilhoite, though it won’t be a surprise to see the two flip-flop spots on the depth chart. Armstrong, a journeyman whose best work so far in the NFL has come on special teams, could also figure into the starting lineup at some point.


Kenneth Acker

Antoine Bethea

Tramaine Brock

Marcus Cromartie

Dontae Johnson

Will Redmond

Eric Reid

Jaquiski Tartt

Jimmie Ward

Brock will start the season at one cornerback spot despite reportedly being shopped as trade bait in the offseason. Ward, a first-round pick in 2014, will start on the other side of the secondary, while Reid and Bethea hold down the safety spots. Beyond that is a lot of unknown. Tartt, a second-round pick in 2015, could push for a starting job if Bethea slips.


Phil Dawson

Bradley Pinion

Dawson remains one of the steadiest kickers in the NFL. The 49ers think so highly of him they didn’t even bother inviting another kicker to the offseason program. Pinion put up respectable enough numbers as a rookie, too, so the kicking tandem remains unchanged.