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Who will fill the void inside next to Willis?

When speaking of one of the few positions in which the 49ers don't already have a 2008 starter in place, coach Mike Nolan said of the inside LB position next to Patrick Willis, "Yeah, we still have an issue there. We've still got to find somebody. It could come out of the guys we currently have on the roster." But who on the roster could really fill that void? Here, SFI takes a detailed look.

The 49ers figured to go searching this offseason for an inside linebacker to pair with Willis. What they found was veteran Dontarrious Thomas in free agency and rookie Larry Grant with their seventh-round selection in the NFL draft. Now, that isn't exactly what the 49ers were counting on in their quest to replace Derek Smith, whose skills began to erode at strong-side inside linebacker - the "Ted...

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