The Shanahan/Lynch 49ers have made no secret of the truth that they consider in constructing the crew outwardly from the road of scrimmage. There has solely been one draft within the Kyle/John period that didn’t see an offensive or defensive lineman taken within the first spherical (and it was this 12 months with Trey Lance). With such an significance positioned on the strains and two extra offensive linemen drafted this 12 months, is it attainable that there’s a place battle we’re overlooking?
Brad Graham joined Niner Nate and Leo Luna on at this time’s Niner Nate-tion podcast, and it’s no shock the place the previous NFL lineman noticed a possible place battle:
“I feel the guard state of affairs turns into extraordinarily attention-grabbing. You take a look at the contract state of affairs of Laken Tomlinson…He wasn’t prolonged and the 49ers drafted two guards. The 2 guys that they introduced in have been studs. There’s numerous dialog in regards to the working again competitors, the quarterback competitors. I feel these guard spots, moreso the precise guard, however I feel Laken is perhaps heading into an open camp battle this 12 months. Each guards could possibly be heading right into a battle with each Aaron Banks and Jaylon Moore. It’s going to be numerous enjoyable and I can’t wait to observe it play out.”
After spending a second-round decide on Aaron Banks, it might be disappointing if he isn’t the Week 1 starter at proper guard. Sadly, issues aren’t as clear on the left facet of the road, the place Laken Tomlinson has performed nearly each snap since he was acquired for a fifth-round decide in 2017.
“I feel 49ers followers needs to be thrilled with the longer term,” Graham mentioned, “Though we type of understand Laken as being the ironman that’s not going to get beat out, if each [Banks and Moore] play to the extent that I feel they’ll play too, I received’t put it as being so loopy.”
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Tomlinson is ready to be a free agent after this season. Whereas many thought he was a chief candidate for a contract restructuring in a decent wage cap 12 months, that by no means occurred. Now, with many of the roster-building executed, the 49ers sit in an advantageous place. They may give Moore and Banks loads of run this summer season. In the event that they flash, the crew upgrades at guard in 2021, has inexpensive inside offensive linemen for the subsequent few years, and another person will pay Laken Tomlinson in 2022. Then again, if Banks or Moore struggles, the crew is aware of Tomlinson is a reliable, high-floor choice at left guard for not less than this season.
It received’t get as a lot consideration as quarterback or working again this preseason. Nonetheless, the advance of the 49ers’ inside offensive line can be massively essential for the success of this crew in 2021. If some mixture of Tomlinson, Brunskill, Banks, Moore, and Alex Mack give the crew high-quality play for 17 video games, the sky is the restrict for San Francisco’s offense, no matter who’s below middle.