Young San Francisco 49ers Poised to Break out in 2014

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Young San Francisco 49ers Poised to Break out in 2014
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Defensive end Tank Carradine will have his first chance to impact San Francisco's defense after missing all of 2013.

Expect 2014 to be a huge year for a number of the San Francisco 49ers' young crop of infused talent.

We know this team is already elite. There is no need to argue that. 

But even elite teams are faced with the challenges of turning over rosters. Veterans get older and more expensive, challenging franchises to maintain space within the NFL salary cap. This forces every team to scout well, draft smart and develop young talent as best as possible.

Fortunately, the 49ers have put themselves in an excellent position to do this. Back-to-back draft classes have shown what this team is looking to do moving forward and provide excellent indication that San Francisco is poised to have one of the deepest, most complete rosters in recent memory.

A decent-sized chunk of this roster is going to be comprised of young players. While San Francisco's coaching staff will continue to rely heavily on its veterans during the upcoming season, a number of rookies and second-year players will also get their chance to provide a legitimate impact.

Some of these young players may even achieve levels greater than we initially thought.

So which 49ers rookies and second-year players can we expect to turn some heads in 2014?

In this slideshow, we break down five rookies/second-year pros who may garner plenty of attention this year. These guys are poised to break out and there are plenty of reasons why.

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