Buy 49ers at Rams NFC Championship tickets →
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


Top 25 49ers: Chris Biderman ranks the current roster

Jul 12, 2016 at 5:14 PM--


Choosing the best two players on the San Francisco 49ers roster is easy, with everyone's top duo likely matching. It becomes very subjective after that. Even our own ranking of the 49ers' top five players varied greatly after ILB NaVorro Bowman and OT Joe Staley, with everyone agreeing on the top two – but not much after that.

Beat writer Chris Biderman of Niners Wire has completed his offseason project of ranking the top 25 current 49ers – a process that started on June 18. While many would make Bowman their top pick, Biderman went in a different direction and placed Staley in his top spot. Despite leading the league in tackles, some believe that Bowman had a drop off in 2015 after returning from a devastating injury.

"The rankings are a projection for the coming season," Biderman told us via Twitter. That means that, while past performance may have influenced the ranking, it is really based on who he believes are the team's top players going into the 2016 season. Staley is not a bad choice for the top spot, as he has been consistent over the years despite the offensive line's recent diminished play.

RELATED Round Table: Top 5 49ers on the current roster

Biderman covers the team on a daily basis and performances during offseason practices likely played a big factor in his ranking. For example, defensive back Jimmie Ward came in fourth on his list. Ward is a strong candidate to start opposite Tramaine Brock, who came in at number 17, and has had a good showing during the offseason.

What does his final roster ranking look like? You can find it below with links for each player to Biderman's analysis and explanation.

  1. OT Joe Staley
  2. ILB NaVorro Bowman
  3. RB Carlos Hyde
  4. DB Jimmie Ward
  5. OLB Aaron Lynch
  6. FS Eric Reid
  7. NT Ian Williams
  8. DE Quinton Dial
  9. SS Antoine Bethea
  10. DE Arik Armstead
  11. WR Torrey Smith
  12. OG Joshua Garnett
  13. C Daniel Kilgore
  14. SS Jaquiski Tartt
  15. DE DeForest Buckner
  16. OLB Ahmad Brooks
  17. CB Tramaine Brock
  18. K Phil Dawson
  19. QB Blaine Gabbert
  20. OG Zane Beadles
  21. TE/FB Bruce Miller
  22. QB Colin Kaepernick
  23. WR Bruce Ellington
  24. TE Garrett Celek
  25. CB Dontae Johnson

What are your thoughts on the ranking? Which (if any) players do you believe are ranked too high or too low?



Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers-Packers: Nick Bosa clears concussion protocol, set to play; other roster moves

By David Bonilla
Jan 21

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that defensive end Nick Bosa has cleared the concussion protocol. During Sunday's playoff win over the Dallas Cowboys, the pass rusher suffered the head injury. He did not practice with his teammates in Santa Clara on Tuesday, was limited on Wednesday, and was a full participant on Thursday. Bosa recorded 15.5 sacks, 52 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, 32 quarterback hits, and four forced fumbles during the regular season. He had three tackles, a quarterback hit, and half a sack during his 23 snaps against Dallas before exiting the game. Bosa was among three players listed as "questionable" for Saturday's game. The others are cornerback Ambry Thomas (knee) and defensive lineman Jordan Willis (ankle). "We've got



49ers Notebook: Could 49ers mark end of the road for Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady? Arik Armstead the baller; Deebo's big run; Outcome never in doubt?

By Kirk Larrabee
Jan 23

There's a lot to unpack from Saturday night's memorable 13-10 win for the San Francisco 49ers over the Green Bay Packers, but some of the biggest news to surface since that game came to an end involves the legendary quarterback the 49ers faced in their latest playoff victory—and the one they could face next week. Keep in mind there are still a lot of unknowns here, including (as of Sunday morning) whether or not the 49ers will even get this opportunity when they battle in the NFC Championship next Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT, FOX). But based on what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Saturday night to go with what's been reported about Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady over the past 24 hours, it's not incorrect to say the 49ers could conceivably be the team to



49ers fan takeover of SoFi Stadium shocked Matthew Stafford's wife

By David Bonilla
Jan 13

The San Francisco 49ers remain a popular team in the Los Angeles area, but Sunday's crowd at SoFi Stadium for the playoff-impacting game against the Los Angeles Rams was wild. The Rams were the home team, but you couldn't tell. That's because the crowd was dominated by 49ers fans, forcing the Rams to play in a hostile environment on their own turf. It got so bad for the Rams that the crowd noise forced the offense to use a silent count during critical moments in the game. It was too loud to ignore. "It was a tough environment for us to communicate in really the whole second half," Rams quarterback Matthew



ESPN believes these flaws could hurt 49ers on Sunday vs. Cowboys

By David Bonilla
Jan 13

ESPN writer Bill Barnwell made his playoff predictions all the way to Super Bowl LVI. He has the Kansas City Chiefs topping the Los Angeles Rams 31-24 in the NFL's championship game. The first order of business for the San Francisco 49ers to ensure that isn't the matchup will be to beat the NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys in the opening round of postseason play, which begins this weekend. While many like the 49ers' chances in this matchup, Barnwell isn't sure San Francisco can come out on top. He predicts a 27-14 Dallas win at AT&T Stadium on Sunday. Barnwell admits that the 49ers have a talented roster capable of upsetting any opponent. However, like many playoff teams this year, it is not without flaws. Barnwell doesn't like this matchup for the 49ers as


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone