No. 6: Middle Linebacker
One might say, “with All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, how is this group not the strongest?”
Well, because Bowman only makes up a small part of the group. And, besides Bowman, there hasn’t been much production from the middle linebacker position.
Many tend to forget that there actually is another MLB that plays next to Bowman since it seems like he can cover the whole field by himself.
This group would have most definitely been higher on the list had former middle linebacker Chris Borland not retired after his very productive one season.
However, the emergence of MLB Ray-Ray Armstrong in the preseason has brought some of that fire back into the heart of the 49ers defense. Armstrong has looked superb and compliments Bowman’s game well.
If Armstrong can carry his play into the regular season, the MLB position is on the right track.
Next: Outside Linebacker