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San Francisco 49ers: Ranking Strength of Every Positional Unit
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Minus No. 59, the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line is the best in football. But is it tops among the team's positional units?

The San Francisco 49ers are easily the deepest team in the NFL.

Thus, ranking the strength of their positional units becomes an exercise in relativity of the best kind.

From wide receivers to inside linebackers to return men, the 49ers are indeed stacked with quality players across the board. One could even say this squad features legitimate depth at kicker and punter.

Well, all due respect to the versatile Colton Schmidt, perhaps not the latter two.

Facetiousness aside, the Red and Gold haven’t boasted this much comprehensive talent in over two decades. Even the superstar-laden contingent that won Super Bowl XXIX in 1994 wasn’t as thoroughly skilled from top to bottom.

In addition to those aforementioned positions, Niners general manager Trent Baalke infused a bevy of capable bodies at running back, quarterback, on the offensive line, and in the secondary through the draft and free agency. Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial are two redshirt stowaways from 2013 who will bolster the defensive line as well.

So, with a surplus of dynamic assets, eclipsing available roster spots in mind, how does one go about organizing these groups in a hierarchical standing?

This discussion will use production, proven depth, individual star power and collective strength as criteria for ranking the 49ers’ positional units. It will not rate these groups against those belonging to any of the opposing 31 teams—it’s solely an internal 49ers evaluation.

And with those logistical considerations taken care of, let’s move on to the rankings.

 

Note: While the depth charts listed in this slideshow are unofficial, they do reflect who we believe will materialize as the starters and primary backups.

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