San Francisco 49ers: Ryan Seymour

Examining the San Francisco 49ers' roster:


Because of heavy competition elsewhere, the 49ers will likely only carry two quarterbacks. They finished last season that way. The competition will be to see if undrafted rookie Kory Faulkner can take McLeod Bethel-Thompson's spot on the practice squad.


The fact that the 49ers drafted Hyde in the second round and Lattimore is healthy means some tough decisions will have to be made. Hunter is too valuable to let go. That means 2012 second-round pick LaMichael James will have difficulty making the roster.


The 49ers are so much deeper here this year than last. That means they will likely have to keep six receivers. Lloyd may look good and Patton has too much potential to give up on. That means it could be tough for Kassim Osgood to make it even though he is a special teams cog.


If Davis ends his holdout, I can't see the 49ers keeping more than three tight ends because of the glut at receiver. Unless Garrett Celek has a big camp, he may be in trouble. Carrier intrigues the 49ers because of his size and speed.


Assuming Boone ends his holdout, this is a pretty nice group of eight players. It's improved from last year. A solid veteran like Adam Snyder and a promising youngster like Ryan Seymour will have trouble making the team.


This is another power spot. It's deep. Players like Jerod-Eddie and Dial are too valuable to cut. Ramsey has looked good and I have a hunch the 49ers may like him too much to expose him to the waiver wire. That means Demarcus Dobbs could be in trouble.


Most teams carry six linebackers but the 49ers are stacked here, especially with NaVorro Bowman out for about half the season. Because fifth-round pick Lynch is promising he should make the roster. Dan Skuta is an excellent player, but there might not be any room for him. I could see him being one of those later-summer Trent Baalke trade specials because he has value.


This unit is in flux, but I see Johnson making it. Don't be surprised if there is some in-camp jockeying as the 49ers look for the best mix.


Ward, the 49ers' first-round pick, will play nickel cornerback as a rookie, but projects long term as a safety. Ventrone and Spillman should stick because they are great on special teams. Craig Dahl could be in trouble.


This group is set and it's excellent.

49ers rankings: 55-60

February, 3, 2014
Feb 3
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.

What should 49ers do at center?

January, 27, 2014
Jan 27
One area that may undergo some change in 2014 for the San Francisco 49ers is the offensive line, particularly center.

It is the one position on the line where the team may have a new starter. Jonathan Goodwin, who has been the 49ers' starting center for the past three seasons, is 35 and he is a free agent.

There is a chance the 49ers could re-sign Goodwin -- though some wonder if he could have interest in playing for Arizona where his brother, Harold, is the offensive coordinator -- for a short-term deal. The 49ers, however, may look at this as an opportunity to develop a youngster. Daniel Kilgore, Joe Looney and Ryan Seymour are all interior lineman who could have futures. With Goodwin a free agent and guard Mike Iupati possibility entering his final season with the club, the development of all three are important.

The 49ers also could draft a center this year. A premium usually isn't put on the position in the draft, so the 49ers could potentially get a top center prospect in the second or third round. They have two picks in each round and could get a third third-rounder as a compensatory pick.

ESPN analyst Matt Williamson said he thought the 49ers' offensive line took a step back in 2013 and thinking toward the future may be smart.

“If he wants to take a one-year deal at a very team friendly rate, I say bring him back,” Williamson said. “But I would draft a guy either way reasonably high, which shouldn't be that big of a deal for a team that doesn't have a lot of huge needs.”

Because the 49ers are deep and have so many draft picks, this may be the perfect time to make some moves geared for the future on the offensive line.

Whirlwind days for former Seahawk

December, 13, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Ryan Seymour was on the Candlestick Park sidelines on Sunday.

When he walked back to the Seattle Seahawks’ locker room, he never imagined he’d be back for the Candlestick Park finale Dec. 23 when the 49ers host Atlanta.

“Crazy business,” Seymour said from the 49ers’ locker room Thursday.

As a member of the Seattle practice squad, the guard accompanied the team to San Francisco last weekend. Sunday, after the 49ers’ 19-17 victory, Seymour flew back to Seattle after the game. Early Monday morning, the 49ers began the process of signing him to their 53-man practice.

“I flew back to Seattle with the team,” Seymour said. “And 24 hours later, I made the same flight back.”

As he gets used to being a 49er, Seymour said he is well aware of all of the recent roster poaching the two teams have done.

“I just look at this as an opportunity with a good franchise,” Seymour said. “I’m looking forward to it.”
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Some thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' roster moves Tuesday:

Placing defensive lineman Tank Carradine on injured reserve: The rookie season for the 49ers' second-round pick will essentially be a redshirt year. Carradine, the No. 40 overall pick in April's draft, tore his ACL at Florida State in 2012. He was activated last month, but he hasn't been active in a game.

On Tuesday, team doctors determined that he'd be better off concentrating on his rehabilitation than practicing at this point. Barring any sort of setback, Carradine should be ready to make an impact next year.

The 49ers don't lose out on anything this season with this move since Carradine hasn't hit the field and the team is deep on the defensive line. The future remains promising for Carradine, as he remains a draft steal in my opinion.

The signing of guard Ryan Seymour: The 49ers signed Seymour off the Seahawks' practice squad, continuing the roster poaching movement between the two teams.

Seymour was a seventh-round pick from Vanderbilt this year. The team wanted more depth in the interior line with Mike Iupati still trying to come back from a MCL sprain that cost him the past three games. Perhaps this is a sign of a setback for Iupati, but because it is late in the season, if it was a big issue, he'd likely be put on the injured reserve and that didn't happen.

The signing of returner/receiver Devon Wylie to practice squad: He replaces safety Michael Thomas, who was signed to the Dolphins' 53-man roster.

Wylie, a former fourth-round pick of the Chiefs, is a Northern California native who has bounced around several teams (by the way, he was cut from Seattle's practice squad Saturday). The 49ers could use a smallish receiver with return skills, so Wylie is worth a late-season look.