- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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We are taking a look at the top 60 players in the San Francisco 49ers’ program and will rank them from 1-60. We are going to take a look in a 12-part series, moving upward. The ranking considerations are based on 2013 production, future projections, age, and contract status:
56. Guard Ryan Seymour: The former Seattle practice-squader finished the season on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. He should get a long look in training camp. Because the 49ers would like to develop some young offensive linemen and because Seymour is versatile, he has a chance to stick around.
57. Quarterback Colt McCoy: It would be a surprise if the 49ers don’t look to upgrade from McCoy at backup quarterback. They considered it several times last season. He is a free agent. He did seem to fit in with his teammates, though.
58. Tight end Derek Carrier: He finished the season on the 53-man roster and played some. He will need to improve his strength, but the 49ers like his athleticism. He can make the team again if he has a strong training camp.
59. Wide receiver Jon Baldwin: I don’t see Baldwin having a future with the 49ers. He had three catches for 28 yards this season despite the fact the 49ers were begging for a young receiver to contribute. He was acquired in a trade for fellow former first-round pick A.J. Jenkins in August. But Baldwin never helped. I can see the 49ers cutting him to save some money.
60. Defensive lineman Lawrence Okoye: He’s an interesting prospect. A year from now, he could either be much higher on this list or off the team. The former British Olympic discus thrower is raw, but he is highly athletic, speedy and bright. The team thinks he could develop into a player. Training camp will be huge for Okoye, who was on the injured reserve list last season.