The San Francisco 49ers have made significant additions in free agency—especially at wide receiver—but the most improvement could come from within the organization.
After a strong draft and free-agency period, the Niners will hope to duplicate or improve on their surprising 2011 season. In order to make that jump, the Niners' young players must continue to step into the spotlight.
The NFC West continues to get stronger, and with the Niners' newfound success, the hunter now becomes the hunted.
It will prove difficult to duplicate their success in 2011, but I suspect a few young players will breakout in 2012 to prevent slippage.
Without further ado, here are three 49ers players who could breakout in 2012.