1. Fred Warner, LB
Fred Warner is an extremely talented stud at the linebacker position who will only transcend with time and experience. The man has done nothing but lead the team in solo tackles since his arrival in 2018.
His nose for the ball and intellectual field awareness makes him an essential cornerstone for the historic franchise. Coming out of BYU, Warner already had high praise for his on-field play, but in 2019 we’ve seen him grow as a vocal leader also.
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This bodes well for the franchise because every team can benefit from someone who leads by example on and off the gridiron. It’s a good thing Warner came when he did since he patrols the second level of the 49ers defense.
He now has a solid running mate along the defensive line who also happens to be a key building block of the roster.
2. Nick Bosa, DE
The hype surrounding Nick Bosa coming out of Ohio State was well deserved. We’ve seen the guy grow into a first-year stud right before our very eyes.
Though his numbers may not jump off the page at you, his impact can be felt around the league. Bosa helped the 49ers finish fifth in team sacks with a total number of 48, nine of which came from Bosa himself.
As long as health doesn’t plague the team like in years past, the sky seems like the limit for these guys and I’m sure there are not many who would disagree.