Preliminary predictions for 53 men after the 2022 NFL Draft

The 49ers’ Offseason programs will begin soon, which means it’s really time to start figuring out who’s going to make the cut when the roster is narrowed down to 53.

The NFL offseason is a strange time for fans of the San Francisco 49ers and the league in general.

Sure, it’s mostly a 12-month cycle of the year, but that doesn’t mean there are no pockets on the calendar, as we say, less than exciting.

This post-draft period before OTAs and minicamps is certainly one of those slack in the NFL year, though the Niners have continued conversations with wide receivers demanding trades and no-dealing brokers.

Despite all this chatter, there is still plenty of room for projections as we begin to shift the collective views of NFL fans toward the release of the upcoming May 12 schedule, which means considerations for the 2022 regular season and beyond can begin in earnest.

And so, as we’ll be doing throughout the season, it all starts with the first stab at what general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will do with their roster when it comes time to downsize to 53 pre-season players. regular season.

On the whole, San Francisco’s roster is in good shape with plenty of places that are well anchored across the board. And while that doesn’t leave much room for the nine players selected by the team in the 2022 NFL Draft or the unoccupied free agents brought in shortly after the draft ended for a spot on the roster for themselves, an interesting exercise in terms of roster margin.

Obviously, once boot camp starts, that drop can start to take hold more. But given the current state of the roster and the players the 49ers brought in this season, here’s the first attempt (of many) to see what Niners’ 53-player roster will look like at the start of the 2022 regular season.

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