The NFL will announce Pro Bowl participants this evening at 5 p.m. PT, and the San Francisco 49ers will likely have at least one player on the rosters. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk led all fullbacks in fan voting. The overall voting process counts the fan vote as 1/3, a player vote as 1/3, and coaches vote as 1/3. Odds are pretty good Juszczyk will claim enough of those votes to get the Pro Bowl call.
The question then becomes who else makes the roster. There will be numerous players who drop out, and Super Bowl participants will not play as well since the game is the week before. It seems likely that we see more than just Juszczyk on the roster, with Joe Staley likely a decent favorite. Robbie Gould is having a career year, and right now is second only to Greg Zuerlein in field goals made. He would make it if Zuerlein and the Rams ended up in the Super Bowl. Marquise Goodwin is turning it on late, but his best shot at the Pro Bowl might be as an injury replacement.
The 49ers turned over their front office and coaching staff this past offseason in large part because they struggled to find and develop talent in the draft. Our friends at Mile High Report took a look at Pro Bowls and draft classes for the 2012 to 2016 range. The Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, and New Orleans Saints have had no Pro Bowlers or All Pros from those draft classes. The 49ers are only a notch ahead of that, with one Pro Bowler and no All Pros from those classes. Eric Reid made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. The other teams in that group are the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
From those 2012 to 2016 classes, Reid could have a decent shot at making the Pro Bowl, but defensive tackle DeForest Buckner probably has the best shot. Punter Bradley Pinion was off to a strong start early in the season, but he is in the middle of the statistical pack among punters at this point.
The 49ers 2017 draft class could potentially get Reuben Foster to the Pro Bowl. Trent Taylor is having a great year as a slot receiver and punt returner, but it would probably take quite a few players dropping out to earn a roster spot. If Adrian Colbert had been starting at free safety all season, I could see him maybe sneaking on, but I doubt he makes it at this point.
Who do you see with the best shot at the Pro Bowl from the 49ers roster?