San Francisco 49ers: 5 2012 Draftees Who Face Most Pressure from 2013 Class

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San Francisco 49ers: 5 2012 Draftees Who Face Most Pressure from 2013 Class
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A.J. Jenkins—one man who cannot slip and fall.

Even from a surface level vantage point, it’s readily apparent that the San Francisco 49ers 2013 draft class is abundantly more talented than its 2012 counterpart.

It legitimately contained starting-caliber prospects through the first four rounds. Last year’s class simply did not.

Bashing one 49ers prospect group while elevating another, however, is an irrelevant exercise when discussing the here and now.

The pertinent idea is how their most recent draftees will exert pressure on the ones who arrived a mere 12 months ago. The NFL is a brutal bottom-line business where one year’s lauded class can turn into relative trash in the face of superior talent.

We’re not saying that San Francisco’s 2012 prospects are worthless by any means—they certainly provide depth at key positions.

It’s merely a case of these latest NFL entries being just that good. A conflict-free environment really wouldn’t be reasonable.

With that in mind, here are five 49ers from the last year’s draft who will face the most pressure from this latest 2013 class.

 

Note: We include undrafted free agents from 2012 in this list.

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