Lets take a peek at the 49ers Defensive Lineman now.
Locked In ; Justin Smith (Signed through 2013), Ray McDonald (Signed through 2015), Tank Carradine (Signrd through 2016), Glenn Dorsey (Signed through 2014), Ian Williams (Signed through 2015)
Lets face it, the 49ers probably have the best front 7 in the NFL, and it all starts with the line. Smith is a warrior, and McDonald always gets in on his fair share of plays. We have 3 newcomers for this years locks, out are Ricky Jean Francois, and Isaac Sopoaga via free agency, and in Dorsey from Kansas City, Carradine from Florida State, and the returning, but hasn’t played Williams, who by the way received a 2-year contract extension, which included a $1 million signing bonus, and $1 million more in guarantees.
Fighting for 1 or 2 spots max ; Lawrence Okoye (Signed through 2015), Will Tukuafu (Signed through 2013), Demarcus Dobbs (Signed through 2013), Lamar Divens (Signed through 2014), Quinton Dial (Signed through 2016)
This group will come down to versatility, and all of these guys have it, with the difference that Divens is a more pure NT. Okoye, the british discus thrower was signed as an UDFA, while Dobbs and Tukuafu remain from 2012. Dial also is new, a 5th-round pick out of Alabama, who can play outside at End and inside at Nose Tackle.
Long Shots: Mike Purcell (Signed through 2015)
Not much more than a camp body that is all.
My best bet is Dial makes the team as the 6th D-Lineman, and then if there is a 7th, it comes down to Dobbs and Tukuafu, whoever the teams feels best about on the double duty side of things. Or who knows, the team may have enough highness in Okoye, and don’t want to risk him on waivers.