No surprises, 49ers have 4 players on PFF's first-quarter All-Pro team

The 49ers are a good team, and good teams typically have a lot of good players.

San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) and offensive tackle Trent Williams (71)
San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) and offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) / Michael Zagaris/GettyImages

It shouldn't come as a shock that the 49ers are well-represented on Pro Football Focus' first-quarter All-Pro squad four weeks into the season.

It's not too bold a statement, but the 2023 San Francisco 49ers are shaping up to be a pretty good team.

One of only two remaining undefeated squads through the first quarter of the season, the Niners have scored at least 30 points in each of their games and have a scoring differential of plus-67, which ranks second in the NFC only behind their next opponent, the 3-1 Dallas Cowboys, who have a differential of plus-83.

San Francisco owns a top-three offense and defense, and there are plenty of individual standouts on both sides of the ball, too, perhaps none greater than All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, who is making a case not to just be named the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year but should also get some votes for the quarterback-centric NFL MVP award, too.

The first quarter of the season is a good point to stop and take a pulse on all things around the league, and that's what Pro Football Focus' Gordon McGuinness just did in putting together a first-quarter All-Pro team.

The "best of the best," per PFF, to date. Including McCaffrey, the 49ers have a good number of players on the list.

49ers have 4 players on Pro Football Focus' first-quarter All-Pro team

McCaffrey is a given, leading all rushers with 459 yards on the ground while also boasting six touchdowns in that department, too, part of his 600 net yards from scrimmage (another league-lead) and seven total touchdowns.

Oh, and that four-touchdown performance in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals carries some weight, too.

Here are the Niners' players McGuinness listed on the first-quarter All-Pro team:

RB Christian McCaffrey

"McCaffrey is on pace for 2,550 scrimmage yards this season, dominating for the 49ers to open the year. He is averaging 4.0 yards after contact per carry and leads all running backs with 22 missed tackles forced on rushing attempts through four weeks."

WR Brandon Aiyuk

"He has yet to drop a pass from the 17 catchable targets thrown his way, and while the 49ers' offense has plenty of weapons, he has been quarterback Brock Purdy’s favorite target when healthy this season."

LT Trent Williams

"Williams has been nearly perfect in pass protection in 2023, allowing just three hurries from 132 pass-blocking snaps through four weeks. He’s been a standout as a run blocker, too, with his 84.8 PFF run-blocking grade ranking third among offensive tackles."

EDGE Nick Bosa

"Bosa has been a standout run defender and pass-rusher so far this season. His 20 pressures through four weeks ties him for seventh among edge defenders, with half of those pressures resulting in a quarterback knockdown via either a sack or hit."

San Francisco was the most-represented team on PFF's list with four players. And one could argue there should have been another on the list, linebacker Fred Warner, who didn't even make the second-team group.

You'll have to ask McGuinness about that one, though.

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