Niner Noise ranks the top three position groups of the 49ers’ stacked 2020 roster.
The San Francisco 49ers have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL entering the upcoming 2020 season. Without it, they wouldn’t have been 10 minutes away from a Super Bowl win versus the Kansas City Chiefs last February.
ESPN (h/t Niners Nation) recently broke down the weakest positions at every team, and for the Niners, they highlighted depth at safety as the biggest concern.
Although ESPN isn’t the final determination for the strength of a roster, the Niners boast average to above-average players at nearly every position on their team. But, they didn’t make the Super Bowl from consistent average play. There were clear strong points of the roster that propelled San Francisco’s meteoric rise to the top of the NFC.
And despite the loss of a few top-tier players on the 49ers, as explained by Peter Panacy here, the 49ers worked diligently to fill those holes on their roster, as I noted in my recap of the 2020 NFL Draft. The loss of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner was somewhat mitigated by the drafting of South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw, the loss of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was taken care of by the addition of Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and the loss of left tackle Joe Staley was absorbed by the addition of former Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams.
Some regression will be inevitable, but that doesn’t take away from the pure talent evident in some parts of the roster.
The places where this pure talent is most concentrated are the pillars of this 49ers roster, as well as the most talented position groups on this roster. Let’s rank the top three.