Best Player: Ahkello Witherspoon
This is a bit of a new development, as rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon wasn’t even active the first four weeks of 2017.
But San Francisco’s third-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft managed to play strong enough to push former No. 1 cornerback, Rashard Robinson, into a trade deal with the New York Jets.
Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say about his Week 8 efforts:
"The San Francisco 49ers came out of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with a bright spot in rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon, who had what could be called a breakout performance. Witherspoon earned the third-highest cornerback grade of the week at 88.1, the top performance of his young career thus far."
The 49ers clearly have high hopes for their rookie, and he has shown a great deal of progress in a very short time.