San Francisco 49ers: 4 possible first-time All-Pros in 2021
By Peter Panacy
49ers All-Pro Candidate No. 1: OT Trent Williams
It might be weird to think this, but left tackle Trent Williams has never received a first-team All-Pro honor over his storied career that includes eight consecutive Pro Bowl nominations.
While Williams did receive a second-team All-Pro accolade back with Washington in 2015, getting onto that first-team list is one award missing from an otherwise Hall of Fame-level career.
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Williams is regularly in the discussion for one of the league’s best left tackles on a year-to-year basis, so this shouldn’t be too hard a prediction here. If anything, only the level of competition from elsewhere within the NFL could make it tough for him to achieve this mark in 2021.
It’s likely Williams’ chief competition right now is the Green Bay Packers’ left tackle, David Bakhtiari, who is coming off a torn ACL suffered late last season and might not be 100 percent by the time the regular season starts in September.
On top of that, Williams already showcased his worth and value in San Francisco’s offense, which was made inconsistent over the course of 2020 amid a slew of injuries, including many along the offensive line.
Some consistency there, along with a general increase in offensive output, should help both Williams and the 49ers receive more publicity in 2021.
And that could ultimately translate into the soon-to-be 33-year-old veteran finally getting that first-team All-Pro recognition he deserves.