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Mel Kiper includes Reuben Foster on 2017 all-rookie team

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The 49ers only have one player on the team, but an all-sophomore team in 2018 could be a little different.

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The San Francisco 49ers got a lot of great work out of their 2017 draft class, and they have found at least one cornerstone out of this group. Linebacker Reuben Foster had to deal with a variety of injuries, but when active, Foster joined DeForest Buckner as a cornerstone type of talent.

The 49ers got plenty of production from the rest of their rookie class, but Foster is the one getting the most recognition. ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his all-rookie team for 2017, and Foster joined T.J. Watt and Jarrad Davis as the all-rookie linebackers. Foster was Kiper’s preseason all-rookie pick, while Kendell Beckwith was the midseason all-rookie pick. Here’s what Kiper had to say about Foster’s season

Foster played only 10 games, but he was a menace in the middle of the 49ers’ defense. He had seven tackles for loss and 72 total tackles. He was one of my favorite 2017 prospects and my top-ranked inside linebacker. He’s the reason the 49ers parted ways with longtime stalwart NaVorro Bowman earlier this season. Beckwith had a good year, but Foster played at an All-Pro level when he was on the field.

Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas was a midseason all-rookie pick, but he did not make the team by season’s end.

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and safety Adrian Colbert did not appear on the team, and while they stand a good chance of getting more recognition next year, it was not surprising they did not appear this year. Tre’Davious White and Marshon Lattimore were the all-rookie cornerbacks, while Jamal Adams and John Johnson III were the two safety picks.

Colbert seems to stand a better chance than Witherspoon of surpassing either of the safeties in a 2018 all-sophomore team. Colbert has shown undeniable talent, but it would depend on what kind of role he has next season. Eric Reid stands a good chance of leaving in free agency, leaving Colbert with Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt competing for safety opportunities. Who emerges from them in whatever roles will be a big storyline to track the next eight months.