San Francisco 49ers: Lynch, Thomas, Johnson Named 3 of Top 25 Prospects

August 7, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A lot of attention has been paid to the San Francisco 49ers’ mass exodus of talent this offseason, and rightfully so. The 49ers have been devastated by the loss of veteran talent such as Frank Gore, Justin Smith and Patrick Willis, and that’s the entirely justifiable reason why pessimists have the team doing poorly in 2015.
Football Outsiders' recently released Almanac 2015, for example, has the 49ers as a slightly below-average team facing the second-hardest schedule in the league, resulting in a mean wins projection of just 6.8, which would be their worst season since the Singletary era, if not quite dropping back to Nolan-era futility.
However, not all is pessimism, and even a negative projection like Football Outsiders' comes with its own silver lining—specifically, in this case, the young players ready to burst onto the scene.
Every year, Football Outsiders puts together its list of the top 25 prospects in football. To qualify, a player c...

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