#NFLrank: 49ers' late push on way
August, 28, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
The San Francisco 49ers trail the Seattle Seahawks by one in the final quarter.
They are in good position to prevail, however.
Vernon Davis, NaVorro Bowman, Justin Smith, Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis stand tallest among the as-yet-revealed players in the #NFLrank project highlighting 100 top players on each side of the ball. Seattle's Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman remain leading candidates to appear as the project continues.
Sixty-three voters ranked players for the project. The chart highlights 49ers among the players ranking 21st through 100th on offense or defense. We'll learn the 20 highest-ranked players on each side of the ball over the next couple days.
The 49ers have placed 10 players on the list so far. The Seahawks have placed 11, the St. Louis Rams four and the Arizona Cardinals two.
San Francisco's total includes eight players on offense and two on defense. Seattle's breakdown is more evenly distributed: six on defense, five on offense. But with top 49ers defenders such as Bowman, Willis and the two Smiths still unranked, the numbers should even out some for the 49ers.
Note that quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson both fell in the 40s. Both were ascending late last season. Both have a chance to climb further this season.