Dre Greenlaw, 3 other 49ers who were massive Pro Bowl snubs

Dre Greenlaw #57 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Charvarius Ward, San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Charvarius Ward (7) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

49ers Pro Bowl snub No. 1: CB Charvarius Ward

Much like Christian McCaffrey, cornerback Charvarius Ward turned around what was previously a weakness and made it a strength.

Only for the 49ers’ defensive backfield, it was a weakness stemming from last year.

Ward’s presence as the team’s No. 1 cornerback has made a massive difference in turning the Niners defense overall into the top unit within the NFL. No longer just strong within the front seven, Ward has solidified the secondary, too, and now San Francisco can claim to be strong at all three levels.

Why Ward wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl, though, is anyone’s guess. Particularly after recording 76 tackles, breaking up 11 passes, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble.

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Sure, fan voters love interceptions, and Ward has only one of those so far. But, allowing opposing quarterbacks a passer rating of just 79.1 is a quality job.

Instead, voters sent the Eagles’ Darius Slay, the Seahawks’ Tariq Woolen, the Dallas Cowboys’ Trevon Diggs and the Green Bay Packers’ Jaire Alexander instead.

Hard to argue Woolen and Diggs being there, but Ward should have been there, too.

There’s always next year, though, and those alternates may play a role.

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