Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

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Maiocco: 49ers 53-man roster analysis

Sept. 7, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Quarterbacks3 Scott Tolzien 6-3, 210 Wisconsin Rookie Johnny Unitas Award winner as best senior in 20107 Colin Kaepernick 6-4, 230 Nevada Rookie Second-round pick makes difficult transition from Pistol offense11 Alex Smith 6-4, 217 Utah 7th yr. Finally has an offensive-minded head coachRunning backs21 Frank Gore 5-9, 217 Miami 7th yr. New contract and new status as team captain

24 Anthony Dixon 6-1, 233 Mississippi State 2nd yr. Big back needs to run like his size32 Kendall Hunter 5-7, 199 Oklahoma State Rookie Won job as Gore's backup with strong camp44 Moran Norris 6-1, 250 Kansas 11 Gore prefers his lead-blocking style49 Bruce Miller 6-2, 248 Central Florida Rookie Impressive conversion from defensive endWide receivers10 Kyle Williams 5-10, 186 Arizona State 2nd yr. Slot receiver battling for playing time15 Michael Crabtree 6-1, 215 Texas Tech 3rd yr. Easing back into form after broken foot17 Braylon Edwards 6-3, 215 Michigan 7th yr. Signed one-year deal to rebuild career19 Ted Ginn 5-11, 180 Ohio State 5th yr. Contributions will come in the return game84 Joshua Morgan 6-1, 215 Virginia Tech 4th yr. Big-play threat with 15.9 avg.Tight ends46 Delanie Walker 6-0, 242 Central Missouri 6th yr. Should benefit from tight end-friendly coaching85 Vernon Davis 6-3, 250 Maryland 6th yr. Among the elites at his positionOffensive linemen59 Jonathan Goodwin 6-3, 318 Michigan 10th yr. Only 49er with a Super Bowl ring62 Chilo Rachal 6-5, 323 USC 4th yr. Can be a force as a run-blocker67 Daniel Kilgore 6-3, 308 Appalachian State Rookie Fifth-round pick shows plenty of promise68 Adam Snyder 6-6, 325 Oregon 7th yr. Spirited fight before losing starting center job74 Joe Staley 6-5, 315 Central Michigan 5th yr. Plagued by injuries past two years75 Alex Boone 6-8, 300 Ohio State 2nd yr. Earned job as backup tackle on both sides76 Anthony Davis 6-5, 323 Rutgers 2nd yr. Lost 26 pounds since opening of camp77 Mike Iupati 6-5, 331 Idaho 2nd yr. Quickly became man 49ers ran behind as rookie78 Mike Person 6-4, 299 Montana State Rookie Teams plans to develop versatile draft pickDefensive linemen90 Isaac Sopoaga 6-2, 330 Hawaii 8th yr. Moves to NT to replace Aubrayo Franklin91 Ray McDonald 6-3, 290 Florida 5th yr. His 5-year, 20 million deal was biggest of offseason92 Will Tukuafu 6-4, 293 Oregon 1st yr. Makes jump after year on practice squad93 Ian Williams 6-1, 305 Notre Dame Rookie Undrafted but not unwanted, chose between 15 teams94 Justin Smith 6-4, 285 Missouri 11th yr. Mr. Consistency is only getting better95 Ricky Jean Francois 6-3, 295 LSU 3rd yr. Can back up at any spot on the line96 Demarcus Dobbs 6-3, 285 Georgia Undrafted Earned his way onto team with stellar campLinebackers51 Blake Costanzo 6-1, 235 Lafayette 4th yr. Hand-picked by Brad Seely, special teams coach52 Patrick Willis 6-1, 240 Mississippi 5th yr. Four-time Pro Bowl pick will blitz more53 NaVorro Bowman 6-0, 242 Penn State 2nd yr. Takes over for veteran Takeo Spikes54 Larry Grant 6-1, 251 Ohio State 3th yr. Signed to backup role by team that drafted him55 Ahmad Brooks 6-3, 259 Virginia 6th yr. Clear winner of LOLB starting job with strong camp56 Tavares Gooden 6-1, 242 Miami 4th yr. Reunites with Vic Fangio, his LB coach with Ravens98 Parys Haralson 6-0, 255 Tennessee 6th yr. Eight sacks in '08, just nine the past two seasons99 Aldon Smith 6-4, 258 Missouri Rookie He'll be used initially as pass-rush specialistDefensive backs20 Madieu Williams 6-1, 203 Maryland 8th yr. Experienced safety provides valuable depth22 Carlos Rogers 6-0, 192 Auburn 7th yr. Team believes he's an upgrade over Nate Clements25 Tarell Brown 5-10, 193 Texas 5th yr. Gets first chance to open as starter26 Tramaine Brock 5-10, 195 Bellhaven 2nd yr. In the mix for a role in nickel coverage27 C.J. Spillman 6-0, 199 Marshall 3rd yr. Could be 49ers' top tackler on special teams29 Chris Culliver 6-0, 199 South Carolina Rookie Talented rookie will spend year developing30 Reggie Smith 6-1, 200 Oklahoma 4th yr. Atop depth chart at free safety before knee injury31 Donte Whitner 5-10, 208 Ohio State 6th yr. Free-agent pickup becomes QB of secondary36 Shawntae Spencer 6-1, 190 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Presumptive starter missed camp with hamstring strain38 Dashon Goldson 6-2, 200 Washington 5th yr. Returned on one-year deal to prove himself43 Colin Jones 6-0, 208 TCU Rookie Drafted for sole purpose of excelling on special teams

Specialists2 David Akers 5-10, 200 Louisville 13th yr. Takes over spot Joe Nedney held for six years4 Andy Lee 6-2, 180 Pittsburgh 8th yr. Has navigated Candlestick winds to two Pro Bowls86 Brian Jennings 6-5, 242 Arizona State 12th yr. Longest-tenured 49ers player. . . by four years

49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout

49ers' director of college scouting hired as Packers scout

Matt Malaspina, who spent the past four years as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, has joined the Green Bay Packers’ player personnel department.

The Packers on Friday announced the hiring of Malaspina as a college scout.

Malaspina becomes the second high-ranking member of the 49ers’ scouting department to leave the organization in moves announced this week. On Wednesday, the 49ers announced assistant general manager Tom Gamble was no longer with the organization.

Malaspina spent 12 years with the 49ers after being an area scout with the Seattle Seahawks for five seasons. Before moving into the position as the 49ers’ director of college scouting, Malaspina was a national scout with the 49ers. He was responsible for cross-checking the southeast region, as well as top prospects across the country.

Shortly after being hired as 49ers general manager, John Lynch hired Adam Peters as vice president of player personnel and former Detroit GM Martin Mayhew as senior personnel executive to become his top two assistants.

49ers could talk QB trades at scouting combine

49ers could talk QB trades at scouting combine

Four years ago at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the 49ers agreed to the trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Next week, the 49ers could have similar discussions. Only this time, they figure to be in the market to acquire a starting quarterback.

General manager John Lynch during an appearance this week on KNBR said he was excited about the talent he sees on the 49ers' offensive and defensive lines. But he made no secret of the organization’s intention to upgrade the quarterback position.

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely,” Lynch said. “And we’re committed to doing that.”

Seven weeks before the 49ers can add a quarterback in the draft, the team will have ample opportunities to find a solution in the veteran market. Free agency and the trade window open for all NFL teams on March 9.

Free-agent quarterback Matt Schaub, who had his best seasons under Kyle Shanahan with the Houston Texans, is a logical, low-price option for the 49ers to add as a backup. Schaub attempted just three passes last season as Matt Ryan’s backup with the Atlanta Falcons.

The 49ers could solve their long-term quarterback need with a blockbuster trade to acquire Washington’s Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo from New England.

Shanahan was part of the Washington regime that drafted Cousins in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. Shanahan disclosed during Super Bowl week that he had a high draft grade on Garoppolo, whom he scouted in 2014 while with the Cleveland Browns.

Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer and executive vice president of football operations, intimated this week on “The 49ers Insider Podcast” he has provided the team’s decision-makers with information on previous trades.

“Here are all the other examples of when this position was traded for, and what people gave up to trade,” Marathe said. “That would establish the range for us if we are curious about a player at that position. And then we have a discussion from there.”

Cousins will be 29 next season, while Garoppolo, who has just two NFL starts, will be 26.

Here’s a look at the significant trades in the past decade that have involved quarterbacks acquired to take on starting roles:

2016
Sam Bradford, 29, from Philadelphia to Minnesota
--2017 first-round pick (No. 14 or 15)
--2018 fourth-round pick (TBD)

2013
Alex Smith, 29, from 49ers to Kansas City
--2013 second-round pick (No. 34)
--2014 second-round pick (No. 56)

2011
Carson Palmer, 32, from Cincinnati to Oakland
--2012 first-round pick (No. 17)
--2013 second-round pick (No. 37)

Kevin Kolb, 27, from Philadelphia to Arizona
--2012 second round pick (No. 51)
--CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

2010
Donovan McNabb, 34, from Philadelphia to Washington
--2010 second-round pick (No. 37)
--2010 fourth-round pick (No. 104)

2009
Jay Cutler, 26, and 2009 fifth-round pick (No. 140) from Denver to Chicago
--2009 first-round pick (No. 18)
--2009 third-round pick (No. 84)
--2010 first-round pick (No. 11)
--QB Kyle Orton

Matt Cassel, 27, and LB Mike Vrabel from New England to Kansas City
--2009 second-round pick (No. 34)

2007
Matt Schaub, 26, and 2007 first-round pick (No. 10) from Atlanta to Houston
--2007 first-round pick (No. 8)
--2007 second-round pick (No. 39)
--2008 second-round pick (No. 48)
Source: Pro Football Reference