49ers roster: Predicting 6 players who make the Pro Bowl in 2021
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: 49ers Linebacker Fred Warner
49ers fans knew they had something special back in 2018 when the team drafted Fred Warner, and it only took two years for the rest of the NFL to realize Warner was a first-team All-Pro.
“All-Pro Fred,” as he was known before the accolade, finally got his first Pro Bowl nod a year ago, too, and he’s fully immersed as one of the NFC’s two best linebackers, the other being Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks.
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Wagner and Warner both made the Pro Bowl last year, and that figures to be the case again this season.
But with Wagner hitting the twilight of his career, and Warner being just 24 years of age, there’s a strong chance the latter winds up becoming the NFC’s focal-point player at this position for a long, long time.
Despite the multitude of Niners injuries last year, Warner still managed to stay fresh and hasn’t missed a start over his three-year career, pulling off an impressive team-leading 125 tackles in 2021, which was tied for 10th best in the league.
Aside from just regularly being around the ball, Warner has also fine-tuned his pass-coverage skills and has worked his way towards becoming a blitzing pass-rusher, too, only serving to maximize his Pro Bowl caliber.
None of that should change entering 2021, making him the easy favorite among San Francisco players to get a Pro Bowl nod again.