Next up is the back 4 of the Front 7 that is so dominate, the linebacker core.
Locked In ; Patrick Willis (Signed through 2016), NaVorro Bowman (Signed through 2018), Aldon Smith (Signed through 2015), Ahmad Brooks (Signed through 2017), Corey Lemonier (Signed through 2016), Parys Haralson (Signed through 2013), Dan Skuta (Signed through 2014)
This group is so deep in my opinion. Willis and Bowman are the best ILB tandem in the NFL, and Smith is a rising star. Brooks isn’t to shabby either, even without high sack totals, he is still able to penetrate easily. I put locks for Haralson and Lemonier for now, due to both being gifted talents. And Haralson redid his deal, and Lemonier will get some guarantees as a 3rd round pick, plus great talent. And Skuta is a ST ace, and a solid ILB backup.
Fighting for 1, spot, 2 max ; Nick Moody (Signed through 2016), Michael Wilhoite (Signed through 2013), Darius Fleming (Signed through 2015), Cam Johnson (Signed through 2013), Nate Stupar (Signed through 2014)
This group has potential. Wilhoite contributed well last year when called up from the practice squad. And Moody is a ST ace, so I can see both being kept. Stupar has ability, but more of a need to do more than the others to make the roster. Then comes down to the OLBs, Johnson and Fleming, both draft picks in 2012, and both have talent. Both need to come back strong from injuries, ACL for Fleming, and Sickle Cell for Johnson. If they keep one, it will be a hard choice.