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May 21, 2012
49ers depth chart as OTAs set to begin

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How has Randy Moss looked this offseason? What about Mario Manningham or Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick or Josh Johnson? It's hard to say because veteran players not only have been forbidden from practicing in helmets and pads to this point, they haven't been able to play against opponents.

That changes this week. The 49ers are set to begin a three-day OTA session on Tuesday, and for the first time players will get to see how Moss and the other newcomers look against real, live defensive players. Under the new CBA rules, players now will be able to wear helmets, but no other pads are permitted. Also, there will be no "live" contact drills and no one-on-one drills, such as pass-rush drills or bump-and-run drills between a receiver and a cornerback.

Here is an unofficial depth chart -- there was some guessing involved -- as OTAs commence. As has been the case in previous years, several rookies will not attend because their school year still is in session. This year that includes second-round pick LaMichael James, Chris Owusu and all of the Stanford players, Northwestern offensive lineman Al Netter and Wisconsin defensive lineman Patrick Butrym.

***UPDATE*** Netter, Butrym and Stanford safety Michael Thomas can take part in the OTAs because they've fulfilled their graduation requirements, according to a 49ers spokesman.

Offense:

WR: Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams, Joe Hastings, Chris Owusu
LT : Joe Staley, Alex Boone, Al Netter
LG: Mike Iupati, Garrett Chisolm, Derek Hall
C: Jonathan Goodwin, Daniel Kilgore, Jason Slowey, Derek Hall, *Chase Beeler
RG: Alex Boone, Daniel Kilgore, Mike Person, *Joe Looney, David Gonzales
RT: Anthony Davis, Alex Boone, Mike Person, Kenny Wiggins
TE: Vernon Davis, Delanie Walker, Nate Byham, Konrad Reuland, Kyle Nelson, Garrett Celek
WR: Randy Moss, Ted Ginn, A.J. Jenkins, Brett Swain, Nathan Palmer, Brian Tyms
FB: Bruce Miller, Rock Cartwright, Cameron Bell, Will Tukuafu, Demarcus Dobbs
RB: Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, Anthony Dixon, Jewel Hampton
QB: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Josh Johnson, Scott Tolzien

Defense:

LDT: Ray McDonald, DeMarcus Dobbs, Tony Jerod-Eddie
NT: Isaac Sopoaga, Ricky Jean Francois, Ian Williams
RDT: Justin Smith, Will Tukuafu, Patrick Butrym, Matt Masifilo
LOLB: Ahmad Brooks, Erik Bakhtiari, Cam Johnson
ILB: NaVorro Bowman, Larry Grant, Michael Wilhoite
ILB: Patrick Willis, Tavares Gooden, Joe Holland
ROLB: Aldon Smith, Parys Haralson, *Darius Fleming, Kourtnei Brown
LCB: Carlos Rogers, Tramaine Brock, Perrish Cox, Deante' Purvis
RCB: Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver, Curtis Holcomb, Anthony Mosley, Ben Hannula
FS: **Dashon Goldson, C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson, Cory Nelms, Colin Jones
SS: Donte Whitner, Mark LeGree, Michael Thomas

PR: Ted Ginn, Jr., Kyle Williams, Perrish Cox, LaMichael James
KR: Ted Ginn, Jr., LaMichael James, A.J. Jenkins, Chris Owusu, Jewel Hampton
P: Andy Lee
K: David Akers, Giorgio Tavecchio
H: Andy Lee
LS: Brian Jennings, Ryan Pontbriand, Kyle Nelson

* injured.
** has not signed franchise tag tender

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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