Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport ranked the seven teams that are best set up for a dynasty in the NFL, and the San Francisco 49ers found themselves ranked third. What a difference a season makes:
While most of the teams featured here are overflowing with offensive talent, defense is king for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Niners’ defensive line is stacked with five first-round picks, including reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year in Nick Bosa. The 2020 campaign will likely be Solomon Thomas’ last with the team, but the Niners just re-upped Arik Armstead, and tackle Javon Kinlaw is a rookie. Linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw are entering their third and second seasons, respectively.
Defense may drive the 49ers, but the offense isn’t a non-factor.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is a capable NFL starter who’s comfortable in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Raheem Mostert averaged 5.6 yards per carry last year and keyed the NFC’s best rushing attack. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel came up huge in the playoffs as a rookie, and the Niners added first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk to complement him in 2020. Tight end George Kittle is fresh off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
Part of being set up for success in the future is showing you can win in the present.
The 49ers core is why they should be ranked so high. Deebo wasn’t a first-round pick, but he performed like one. Adding him and Aiyuk and Jalen Hurd—who is now healthy— gives the Niners a formidable trio for the next few seasons. Pair them with Kittle, and this offense is going to be tough to slow down.
As Davenport mentioned, on the other side of the ball, you have Armstead, Bosa, and Kinlaw all under contract for the next few seasons. Anything you get out of Dee Ford and D.J. Jones in 2020 will be a luxury, though it does seem like San Francisco is betting on Ford’s health this year. I’m not sure if Kwon Alexander will be around for years to come, but Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw will. You can go on and on with the youth on the roster as it stands. The 49ers are obnoxiously deep and are set up for the future. With a young head coach and GM that have shown they don’t have any fear when it comes to making moves and improving the team, San Francisco should be in the conversation to win it all with the way the roster is constructed.