No. 5: Cornerback Richard Sherman
With wide receivers like the Green Bay Packers; Devante Adams, the Saints’ Michael Thomas and the Seahawks’ Tyler Lockett lining up in the NFC playoff picture, a shutdown cornerback is a must for a Super Bowl run this season.
The 49ers have gotten just that all year from Richard Sherman.
Sherman has allowed an average of just 7.5 yards per reception, which ranks No. 1 in the entire NFL.
Sherman will have to continue to limit big plays against receivers like Thomas, Adams and Lockett, because they can change the outcome of a game whenever they get their hands on the ball.
The 49ers are in good hands when Sherman is lined up against the opposing team’s No. 1 receiver. Sherman is one of the few San Francisco players who have playoff experience, so look for him to make an impact that goes beyond the field of play.
Sherman has been the outspoken leader all year for the defense. His instinct and ball skills appear to be back to the Seattle “Legion of Boom” days.
Expect this to continue throughout the team’s 2020 playoff run.