The 2014 NFL Draft has come and gone, but football will still continue throughout May and June with OTAs and minicamp. Whoever the 49ers draft is usually a message to some players on the roster that their job is in trouble with competition to arise in the offseason.
Here is a list of players who were with on 2013 53-man roster or practice squad that have a chance to not return this year:
Quarterback: McLeod Bethel-Thomnpson (Practice squad)
Bethel-Thompson became the team's third-string QB after they released B.J. Daniels and John Skelton previously. After releasing him when other became healthy, he was added to the practice squad. While the Sacramento State QB has spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, he will be fighting undrafted free agent QB Kory Faulker out of Southern Illinois. It's possible that the winner will be on the team's practice squad and not the 53-man roster as some teams do.
Running Back: LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter, Jewel Hampton (Practice squad)
The odds of Kendall Hunter's chances being cut are slim, but they are greater for former 2012 second-round draft pick LaMichael James. With the 49ers taking Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde in back to back drafts, four running backs could be an overload. Hampton was promoted to the 53-man roster in 2012, but was inactive each game while spending last season on the practice squad. James has remained as a part-time running back who was inactive for a portion of the 2013 season and it appears he is expendable with Lattimore and Hyde competing.
Wide Receiver: Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs (Practice squad)
Baldwin made the team in 2013 due to his money being guaranteed whether he was cut or not. He restructured the final year of his contract and took less money for an opportunity to make the team again. The additions of Stevie Johnson and Bruce Ellington make it an uphill battle for Baldwin. Osgood will need to make the team through special teams like last season.
Tight End: Garrett Celek, Derek Carrier
The competition isn't as fierce, but there should be a battle for the third TE spot where Celek is the favorite. Carrier was promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad after Celek was injured. The 49ers added Asante Cleveland to the mix where he should be competing with Carrier for a spot on the practice squad.
Offensive Line: Carter Bykowski (Practice squad), Ryan Seymour, Al Netter (Practice squad)
The 49ers should have at least eight offensive lineman when the 53-man roster is out. Anthony Davis, Alex Boone, Mike Iupati, and Joe Staley are guaranteed to start while Daniel Kilgore and third-round draft pick Marcus Martin will battle for the starting center position. Joe Looney should make the team as reserve guard and Adam Snyder is the swing tackle, but it becomes uncertain on who stays after that. Carter Bykowski, Ryan Seymour, Al Netter and newly acquired OT Jonathan Martin will compete for a possible ninth spot on the 53-man roster. Seymour, Netter Bykowski are all eligible for the practice squad. A dark horse to be with the team is OT Luke Marquardt. The Azusa Pacific lineman was on the non-football injury list for the entire 2013 season as an undrafted free agent who has the size.
Defensive Line: Demarcus Dobbs, Mike Purcell (Practice squad)
The 49ers didn't bring anyone in during the draft, but it's unrealistic to see the 49ers hold eight defensive linemen on their 53-man roster. This is the year for Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial to make their case for playing time while Glenn Dorsey, Justin Smith, Ian Williams, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Ray McDonald are all but guaranteed to make the roster. Dobbs was a rotational lineman and secured his place with the team after Ian Williams was out for the year with an ankle injury. If this unit is healthy when the preseason is over, there doesn't appear to be much room for Dobbs.
Linebacker: Nick Moody
The outside linebacker position has no threat for Corey Lemonier or Dan Skuta even though Aaron Lynch was drafted. However, special teams ILB Nick Moody should see competition from third-round draft pick Chris Borland, who can play the same position. With NaVorro Bowman presumably out for at least the first six weeks of the season due to a torn ACL, there needs to be depth behind fill-in starter Michael Wilhoite. Borland is guaranteed to make the team, but undrafted free agent LB Shayne Skov could beat out Moody, which means he could be gone.
Secondary: Perrish Cox, Eric Wright, Craig Dahl, Bubba Ventrone
The additions of Dontae Johnson and Jimmie Ward through the draft indicate that two players will be gone as a result. Darryl Morris is not listed here because it appears the 49ers like his special teams. It should be a heated competition among among everyone to make the team. Ventrone and Dahl are mostly on special teams while Wright and Cox became part time players in the secondary. Wright is a CB that Trent Baalke has liked in particular, but the coaching staff has disagreed when playing Cox in the NFC Wildcard game against the Packers.