When Jim Harbaugh took over the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, the team became an instant success. Under Harbaugh's tutelage, San Francisco transformed from a 6-10 team with Mike Singletary at the helm to a 13-3 team.
The core group of players remained the same despite a roster add here or there, but the biggest upgrade came from a coaching standpoint. Not only was there a change at the top, more than a few positional coaches were replaced as well.
Most teams try to turnover a roster when a new coach is brought in. Yet the 49ers didn't need to do that. They were loaded with talent, they just needed to find a way to maximize the talent they had. And maximizing talent didn't seem to be a problem as San Francisco has now appeared in back-to-back NFC Championship games.
Not to mention they will be appearing in their first Super Bowl since 1994 next week. A lot has changed in a short amount of time, which has given Jed York and the organization freedom in more ways than one. One of the biggest freedoms has been the team's patient teaching approach and ability to redshirt rookies.
The 2012 draft class saw more red shirts than the 2011 draft class. So let's take a look at each player's individual grade, based on their performance, from the 2012 season.