Boone front-runner at right guard for Niners

Posted May 22, 2012 @ 8:33 p.m.
Posted By Dan Arkush

Entering the month of May, the consensus in the Bay Area seemed to be that a wide-open battle would likely be taking place to find a replacement at right guard for Adam Snyder, who signed with the division-rival Cardinals. But the way we hear it, it appears the job is now Alex Boone’s to lose.

“He’s with the starting group now, and it looks like they are going to see whether or not he can make the transition,” a daily team observer said of Boone, who had turned himself into an extremely serviceable backup swing tackle after entering the league out of Ohio State as an undisciplined and out-of-shape undrafted rookie. “At 6-8 with long arms, he seems like the prototypical tackle. But he plays real low and his foot speed isn’t real great, which could make him better-suited for guard.”

Second-year pro Daniel Kilgore, who saw very limited action as a rookie, and fourth-round rookie Joe Looney were widely expected to compete for the ORG job, which could definitely still happen. But we hear they’re both starting to shape up more as backup-center candidates behind Jonathan Goodwin. If there is a second option at right guard to Boone, it would probably be Anthony Davis, who would move to right guard with Boone taking over at Davis’ starting role at right tackle. “But they would rather not move two players to new positions,” the source said.