2022 San Francisco 49ers depth chart: offensive line

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There may be no bigger question mark on the 49ers roster than their offensive line.

Outside of left tackle Trent Williams, the entire line has at least a small question mark at every position. Left guard Laken Tomlinson is out in free agency, leaving the left guard spot vacant. Their depth is also unknown with several young players having new opportunities to develop into bigger roles now that they have two positional battles to figure out at left and right guard.

Arguably, San Francisco should find the best possible interior offensive lineman in the draft and then try to plug him into one of the guard positions. On the other hand, they’ve invested a lot of picks on their offensive line over the past two years and they could give those players a chance to stand out among tons of competition.

Let’s take a look at what the 49ers are working with on the offensive line heading into the draft:

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Williams can be listed as the 49ers starting left tackle for the next few years. He turns 34 in July but still plays like the best LT in the NFL and may have had his best season as a pro in 2021.

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There is still a question mark over whether Mack will play in 2022. He is 36 and will turn 37 in November. General manager John Lynch said he expects Mack to return, which would at least strengthen the middle of San Francisco’s offensive line early in the season. They will still need a long-term option behind him even if he returns as 2022 could be his last year.

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The 49ers relied heavily on Brunskill at guard after signing him as a tackle in 2019. He played well inside, but in an ideal scenario he would likely be a Swiss army knife reserve who could fill all five spots. of OL. . In the draft, he is the favorite for the starting right guard position, but there will be a lot of competition in camp.

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McGlinchey is coming off a ripped quad that cost him nine games in 2021. He’s entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, so there are a ton of questions surrounding him at the start of the season. There are worries about how he will look after his injury and then whether he will play well enough to warrant a second contract with the team that took him to the first round of the 2018 draft. McGlinchey at his best is one of the best run blockers in the league. If he’s average in pass protection, he’ll solidify the right side of the 49ers line while likely getting a long-term contract.

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Banks was the 49ers’ second-round pick in 2021. He didn’t get off to a great start, however, and played just three offensive snaps all season. It will be a breakthrough first year for him with two guard spots open on the depth chart. He will have every chance of winning the starting position at left guard. If he can’t earn the spot, it’s hard to see where he stands in the long run.

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There may not be a more interesting offensive lineman on the 49ers roster. Moore was a fifth-round selection last year who started four years at left tackle in college. He’s a little too small, and San Francisco plans to bring him in. He ended up needing to play left tackle in the side and never had a chance to develop at either guard position. Now he will have a real shot at competing for a starting guard position where he has a great shot at landing one of the two, unless San Francisco’s plan to send him back inside has changed.

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Put McKivitz in the same category as Moore — a college tackle the 49ers considered playing guard in the pros. He was a 2020 fifth-round pick who had a few inside opportunities as a rookie. He didn’t make the initial roster in 2021, but eventually returned to the practice squad roster and saw action as the swing tackle. This may be the new projection for him, and the ability to play multiple spots could be the thing that keeps him on the roster if he doesn’t earn a starting job.

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Brendel is the best center option behind Mack, and the team’s faith in him could shape how they attack this year’s draft. If they believe there’s a real chance that Brendel could be the answer after Mack, they won’t need to hit a C this year. He’ll have opportunities in camp and preseason, but those opportunities will diminish if San Francisco lands a center with one of their top picks.

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Gutierrez landed with the 49ers as part of the NFL’s international trail program. He was on the practice squad last year, but was ineligible to be on the active roster and did not count towards the practice squad limit. This year he is sensitive to normal menstruation. At 6-foot-9 and 332 pounds, he’s the size of the NFL, and even just showing flashes in the offseason could be enough to land him another practice squad spot in 2022.

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The 49ers added Sutherland this offseason. He has been in the NFL since 2019 and has six games under his belt with two starts. Sutherland will get a chance to mingle at guard as the 49ers work to fill those two starting jobs.

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A torn ACL during the offseason program ended Skule’s third season early. The 2019 sixth-round pick had some success as a swing tackle in his rookie year, but struggled in 2020. He’s not a very deep offensive front, so he’ll have the opportunity to compete for at least the swing tackle position. The 49ers can also try it indoors – which they also did in 2020.

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