The San Francisco 49ers biggest need is not on the offensive line, but they could still use someone for depth at the position.
In the offseason, the 49ers extended Daniel Kilgore through the 2017 season, showing a commitment to him being the future center. Four out of five offensive linemen will return in 2014 with Joe Staley, Mike Iupati, Anthony Davis and Alex Boone coming back. Jonathan Goodwin, who started for three seasons remains a free agent and could be retiring.
On the first day of free agency, the 49ers also acquired Jonathan Martin from the Miami Dolphins for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015. They will give up a pick if he makes the 53-man roster in 2014 as he is reunited with his former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh. While Martin initially played as a tackle, the 49ers plan to coach him at all three positions including center and guard.
Rounding out the depth chart are reserves G/C Joe Looney, G Ryan Seymour and T/G/C Adam Snyder. Others who will be fighting for a roster spot include practice squad members Al Netter and Carter Bykowski, as well as T Luke Marquardt, who returns from an injury but was stashed with the team on the non-football injury list.
In the longterm the guard position becomes uncertain as Mike Iupati is entering his contract year. The 49ers should not be drafting anyone in the first two rounds, but there could be someone worth developing from the mid to late rounds. They could also use a swing tackle as Alex Boone was forced to move to LT in one game while Joe Looney stepped in with Adam Snyder at guard.
OT Matt Patchan (Boston College) 6-6, 302 pounds: Patchan was the first of three offensive linemen who came in for a visit with the 49ers. He possesses quality foot work and was initially recruited to be a defensive linemen before switching to the other side of the ball while at Florida. Patchan transferred to Boston College and played there for one season where he was healthy for the first time in his college career. He has the height that Trent Baalke would want, but would need to bulk up if he wants to contribute. Patchan is projected to be a late round draft pick.
OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (McGill University, Canada) 6-5, 321 pounds: Duvernay-Tardif, a Quebec native, has an impressive upper body strength for an offensive lineman. He would have the physical tools that Baalke would be interested in as the 49ers brought him in for a visit in Santa Clara. In the CFL draft, he would have been considered one of the top prospects and has been successful while playing football in Canada. Duvernay-Tardif is projected to be a third or fourth-round pick.
OT Seantrel Henderson (Miami FL) 6-7, 331 pounds: Henderson was considered to be one of the top players coming out of high school and has been a physical specimen that teams will want. His trouble has been off the field with multiple suspensions and questionable maturity. If the 49ers are willing to handle his attitude, he could develop into a powerful tackle down the line as they also brought him in for a pre-draft visit. Henderson is projected to be a second or third round pick.
C Weston Richburg (Colorado State) 6-3, 298 pounds: Richburg would bring in immediate competitio for Daniel Kilgore if he was drafted. He is a durable starter with plenty of experience as he began as a redshirt freshman. He doesn't have the elite athleticism, but would provide instant depth for the interior of the OL and would be an adequate backup. Richburg is projected to be a third or fourth-round draft pick.
C/G Russell Bodine (North Carolina) 6-3, 310 pounds: Bodine would have the versatility the 49ers like in a reserve offensive lineman as he saw action at both center and guard. He would primarily excel in pass protection and could work on his mechanics at the next level. Bodine is projected to be a mid-round draft pick.
G Brandon Linder (Miami FL) 6-6, 311 pounds: Linder has tremendous size, but would need to hit to the weight room if he wants to take it to the next level. He has quality work ethic and leadership skills and could be a reserve interior lineman if needed. Linder is projected to be a mid-round draft pick.
G Zach Fulton (Tennessee) 6-5 316 pounds: Fulton is a strong lineman who has faced NFL-level defensive tackles throughout the SEC conference while at Tennessee. He has the right size and athleticism, but would still be raw for football. Fulton is projected as a mid-round draft pick.
49ers 2014 Draft Picks:
1. First round: Own pick, No. 30 overall
2. Second round: Kansas City Chiefs pick acquired for Alex Smith, No. 56 overall
3. Second round: Own pick, No. 61 overall
4. Third round: Titans pick acquired for a second round pick in a 2013 draft day trade, No. 77 overall
5. Third round: Own pick, No. 94 overall
6. Third round: Compensatory, No. 100 overall
7. Fourth round: Own pick, No. 129 overall
8. Fifth round: Own pick, No. 170 overall
9. Seventh round: Saints pick acquired for Parys Haralson, No. 242 overall
10. Seventh round: Panthers pick acquired for Colin Jones in 2012, No. 243 overall
11. Seventh round: Own pick, No. 245 overall