San Francisco 49ers: Picking Top Players from the 2014 Opponents

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San Francisco 49ers: Picking Top Players from the 2014 Opponents
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The San Francisco 49ers are fortunate to have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL.  Pro Football Focus recently ranked them as the second-most talented roster behind only the Seattle Seahawks.

A corollary of having so much overall talent is that San Francisco doesn't have very many holes in its starting lineups.  Only center Daniel Kilgore and slot corner Jimmie Ward are listed as question marks, and that’s more from their lack of experience and proof that they can perform at an NFL level.  Not even the Seahawks, who have issues at both starting guard positions, can claim to have so few uncertainties in terms of their starting talent.

The 49ers, then, are happy with the roster with which they look to enter the 2014 season.  But even the best roster could be improved.

To better understand what remaining weaknesses are left on the team, let’s take one standout player from each of San Francisco’s 13 opponents, add them to San Francisco’s roster and try to create the best lineup possible.

The rules are simple.  We’re using 24 starters—adding in a third receiver and a nickel cornerback to represent the difference between the base and third down sets.  You can only replace starters, so no taking Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, with one to start and the other to be the backup quarterback; you must pick one of the two.

There must be one and only one player from each opponent.  It doesn’t matter if the team’s as talented as Denver or as talent-starved as Oakland—one, and only one, player must come from each roster.

Here’s my attempt.

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