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San Francisco 49ers: Top 5 Sleepers to Watch in Training Camp
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Which new faces will emerge from the pack this year?

The San Francisco 49ers have more household names than your average NFL franchise, which helps keep them in contention, but it also dilutes the intrigue a lot of teams have in training camp.

Having so little room on this roster limits the emergence of new contributors on an annual basis, which can make it a snooze fest for fans. In Santa Clara, Calif. many of the camp battles will prove to be nothing more than an exercise in futility.

However, in the third season under the new regime, there are several unknowns in a unique position to create roles for themselves on this team. And since the ‘Niners are experiencing a minute degree of changeover, this has created windows of opportunity for new and returning players.

Not only will these challengers have shot to make the team, but they may have a profound affect on the finished product in 2013.

Here is the criteria outlining the following players as high-ranking sleepers:

  1. First and foremost, the physical/mental readiness and overall potential to contribute during the regular season in 2013 is key.
  2. We will also factor in the lack of hype, attention or negative perception that may be keeping them under the radar at the moment.
  3. All players are eligible for this list; including all drafted rookies, veterans and UDFAs.
  4. Proceed through the following slides for a countdown to No. 1, and feel free to provide your own list in the comment section below. 

 

All stats provided by Pro Football and Sports Reference, unless specified otherwise. NFL contract information is courtesy of Spotrac.

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