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Monday, February 10, 2014
49ers' 2013 breakout stars

By Bill Williamson

The San Francisco 49ers saw some players take the next step in their careers in 2013. Let's look at the top three players who enjoyed breakout seasons:

1. Tramaine Brock: Brock had a stunning ascent in 2013. He went from being a special teamer in training camp to finishing the season as the 49ers' top cornerback. It earned him a four-year contract extension. He has a place as a starter for the long term.

2. Glenn Dorsey: This worked out great for the 49ers. The nose tackle blossomed in his first season in San Francisco after signing a two-year deal. Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick in 2008 by Kansas City. He was just average with the Chiefs before having a standout season with the 49ers.

3. Tony Jerod-Eddie: This is an interesting player. He spent most of the 2012 season on the practice squad. Yet he quickly developed and become a key part of the defensive line, helping keep veterans Justin Smith and Ray McDonald fresh.