The 49ers had a 2-14 season, but there were some things they could build upon and their rookie production is one of them. Here, we will review the rookies’ 2016 campaign.
Deforest showed a lot of promise and did well in beating his matchups. In fact, his aggression led to him having the best tackle stats for a Defensive End in the entire rookie class and he was 7th overall for all defensive rookies. He finished the year earning 1st team all-rookie honors. Deforest was easily the best defensive lineman for the 49ers. With a full season under his belt Deforest is looking to build on his rookie season success.
Joshua Garnett earned his starting position by beating a promising Andrew Tiller who was the incumbent from last year. Joshua Garnett played 15 games and started in 11 of them. He will likely retain his starting position in his 2nd year.
Will did not play a down in his rookie season after suffering an ACL injury. Will was unable to fully recover from his ACL injury from college and will look to bounce back next season. He’s got the physical talent, but will need to work on technique going forward.
Placed 11th on the team in total tackles and tallied one interception. He will look to solidify a role in as 1st cornerback off the bench or the nickel corner.
Ronald was tied for 2nd on the team with 3 sacks, which is impressive knowing he doesn’t see as many snaps as others. He also finished 11th among rookies for sacks this year. He will look to add more techniques and improve on his numbers this year.
7 catches for 88 yards were not ideal, but Burbridge only played significant snaps in 3 games all season.
John only saw significant snaps during one game this season which was a 22-21 win over the rams.
Jeff was claimed off of waivers when the 49ers tried to stash him in the practice squad. Jeff is still a raw passer, but he’s got the wheels.
Kelvin Taylor and Prince Charles Iworah
Both players failed to see significant snaps. Prince Charles Iworah recorded one tackle. Kelvin Taylor was claimed by the Seahawks and was signed to their active roster late in the season.
Only time will tell if the last draft class by Trent Baalke will succeed, but he was able to grab some needed players to rebuild the 49ers. It all starts in the trenches and grabbing Buckner and Garnett are building blocks for the next regime.