When you’ve had as strong of an offseason as the San Francisco 49ers, hyperbole tends to get blown out of the water. Every draft pick and free-agent acquisition becomes the key player who will change your team forever, and enthusiasm and optimism reign supreme.
It’s time to dial that back just a bit and look at the most overrated and underrated signings the 49ers made this offseason. That doesn’t necessarily mean the overrated players will be bad and the underrated players will become instant stars—only that the level of enthusiasm may not be appropriate for the actual players in question.
Last season, for example, Nnamdi Asomugha was considered to be a huge addition for the team, while Glenn Dorsey was more of an afterthought. It turns out, of course, that Dorsey started 15 games for San Francisco, while Asomugha was gone after Week 3. The level of press a player gets before the season starts isn’t necessarily indicative of the impact he’ll have on the field.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some players who may be rated inaccurately entering the 2014 season.