Under-the-Radar San Francisco 49ers Ready to Break out in 2012

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Under-the-Radar San Francisco 49ers Ready to Break out in 2012
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The San Francisco 49ers should enter the 2012 NFL season as NFC West favorites, and possibly NFC conference darlings.

While the Patrick Willises and Justin Smiths of the world should credited for the 49ers' recent success, it would be a pity to leave out the under-the-radar players that contributed to this transformation.

Who expected Dashon Goldson or Ray McDonald, or even Alex Smith to have breakout seasons last year? The unexpected led to a huge turnaround in 2011 for this 49ers squad that fell one game short of a Super Bowl appearance.

Can we expect the same in 2012? Sure, why not?

Here are four under-the-radar players to watch out for in the upcoming season.   

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