With the 2012 season coming upon us, let's look back at last year's team and the All-Pro players that provided the 49ers with the talent they needed to get them one game away from the Super Bowl. The 2011 San Francisco 49ers surprised everyone, including their fans. With a cunning draft selection and savvy free-agent signing period, the 49ers molded into a NFL juggernaut that no one could predict.
After a slow start in free agency, which brought along questions as to why they weren't jumping into the signings right away, GM Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh proved to know what they were doing with their slow-burn of acquisitions and veteran signings.
An unheralded draft class added a youthful vitality that proved immediately beneficial to the team as a whole.
With this, I selected five players among the new signings or draftees that I felt had a tremendous impact on the 49ers in 2011.