3 second-year 49ers who’ll break out in 2019

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SANTA CLARA, CA – DECEMBER 09: Case Keenum #4 of the Denver Broncos is hit by Fred Warner #48 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)

If the idea players make their biggest jumps between their rookie and second years, these three second-year San Francisco 49ers players are poised to have a great 2019.

One can easily make the argument NFL players make their biggest leap in production and ability between years one and two at the pro level.

If that’s the case, the San Francisco 49ers‘ 2018 NFL Draft class should be poised to provide a big impact in 2019.

It makes sense why most rookies aren’t bona fide studs right out of the gate. Transitioning from the collegiate level to the pros isn’t exactly an easy thing. Opposition players are bigger, faster, stronger and all of NFL caliber, while college opponents are largely not. Playbooks are more complex at the pro level, too, so there’s inevitably going to be a pretty steep learning curve.

And a lot of former college standouts never reach their true potential once being drafted. Anyone who has watched both the draft and the NFL for any short period of time knows that.

That said, the Niners are in position to get some quite promising production from a number of their 2018 rookies. These second-year players are becoming the core group around which the team’s hopes will hinge heading into 2019.

With a full year under each player’s belts, one can get awfully hopeful of some pretty noteworthy production and impact over the course of the upcoming year.

Niner Noise takes a look at three second-year players who should be able to provide that substantial impact.

If they do, San Francisco could be in excellent position to make that much-anticipated playoff push fans have been clamoring for some years now.

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