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.