49ers sit smack in the middle of NFL Wire pre-camp power rankings

The 49ers ought to have high expectations for the 2021 season. It wouldn’t be a big surprise if they became the Super Bowl winners at the end of the year. Enigma stick around though and leave the 49ers at a crossroads in the NFL hierarchy entering into the season. That’s shown in their No.16 ranking in the NFL Wire pre-training camp power rankings.

While San Francisco most likely belongs in the ‘contender’ classification amongst the league’s leading 8 or 10 groups, they’ve disappointed expectations in 2 of the last 3 years. Injury concerns loom at crucial positions with Nick Bosa and George Kittle, and their unpredictability under center is going to restrict their ceiling up until they discover more stability at that position.

The latter of those issues was tabbed as the factor for the 49ers’ less-than-stellar pre-camp ranking:

Eventually, nevertheless, the most significant concern facing them is how quickly Trey Lance sees the field. John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan made a splash this previous off-season, transferring to the top of the draft board to pick a quarterback from the FCS level with minimal experience however a lots of skill and tools.

Lance may simply be a best fit with Shanahan, offered the schematic overlaps in between the offense Lance performed at North Dakota State and how Shanahan has actually built the 49ers offense. However how rapidly will the coach hand his novice passer the secrets?

What’s fascinating with the 49ers is that they can rapidly climb up the power rankings with Garoppolo playing quarterback. He helped get them to a Super Bowl in 2019, and suffered an ankle injury early in 2020 that held him back from taking a step forward the club was hoping he’d take.

Assuming he holds onto the starting job throughout camp, he’s got a chance to elevate the 49ers back into contention with a small step up in play.

On the other hand, Lance’s ceiling as a quarterback is considerably higher than Garoppolo’s, and as a result the 49ers’ offensive ceiling increases with the novice at the helm.

Quarterback will get a great deal of attention, however the 49ers require a great year from Nick Bosa and second-year DL Javon Kinlaw. They likewise require health on their side in the secondary and with Kittle.

Possibly 16 is the best area for the 49ers in the meantime, however they ought to see a sheer increase as long as they’re healthy.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.