Tank Carradine and 4 San Francisco 49ers Destined for Bigger Role in 2014-15

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Tank Carradine and 4 San Francisco 49ers Destined for Bigger Role in 2014-15
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San Francisco's second-round pick Tank Carradine has yet to make his NFL debut.

The San Francisco 49ers have enjoyed the construction of a deep and well-balanced franchise over recent years.

The multitude of talent within this organization has given the team flexibility in approaching the draft, developing rookies and implementing NFL-ready players into featured roles.

This luxury has afforded the 49ers with the ability to draft players, not with an immediate team need, but rather as investments and commodities that can be inserted into the team's lineup when time calls.

Such is the case with San Francisco's 40th-overall pick from the 2013 NFL draft—Cornellius "Tank" Carradine.

Carradine is just one of the 49ers' 2013 draft class who did not have a substantial impact—if any—during the course of the regular season.

Similarly, running back Marcus Lattimore also missed the entirety of the season following surgery and subsequent recovery from a collegiate knee injury.

Rest assured, however, these young 49ers will have a much more prominent role for the 49ers in 2014. 

As stated, San Francisco did not draft these guys to fill an immediate void.  In fact, the only two draftees that have seen significant time over the course of the season have been rookies Eric Reid and Vance McDonald.

So what can we expect from some of these 49ers next season?

There are plenty of reasons to assume each of these players will see a vast increase in playing time as they are integrated into a full-time role in San Francisco.

Let us take a look at five players who will see much more of the field in 2014.

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