If the San Francisco 49ers are going to get over the hump and return to the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1994 season, they may have to get some contributions from a few of the 23 rookies currently in training camp.
First-round pick A.J. Jenkins from Illinois has already drawn some ire for poor conditioning. Running back LaMichael James could be an excellent change-of-pace back to ground-and-pound starter Frank Gore.
Guard Joe Looney, a fourth-round pick from Wake Forest, will get significant reps on the line.
Those are the top three, but that doesn’t mean others haven’t stood out thus far in camp.