- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.