PFF ranks two 49ers position groups among NFL’s ‘strongest’

PFF ranks two 49ers position groups among NFL’s ‘strongest’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The star-studded 49ers continue to receive hype months before the 2024 NFL season.

In addition to being the betting favorite to win Super Bowl LIX, according to Fanatics, San Francisco received high praise from Pro Football Focus.

On Monday, PFF’s John Kosko listed the strongest and weakest position groups throughout the NFL, and the 49ers were deemed the strongest at two of them: tight end and linebacker.

“The New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens have arguments for the strongest linebacker group, but Fred Warner‘s star power and Dre Greenlaw‘s consistency push the 49ers ahead,” Kosko wrote. “Warner has emerged as the best linebacker in the NFL over the past few years, as his 90.2 overall grade in 2023 attests to. Greenlaw complements Warner with a strong run defense and coverage skills.

“The 49ers’ linebacker unit boasts an 89.7 overall grade over the past two years, showing the consistency of the two players roaming the middle of the field…Weakest: Houston Texans”

Warner is one of the best defenders in the NFL, and Greenlaw — though dealing with a torn left Achilles — is right behind him.

The two have combined for 1,232 total tackles over their 11 combined seasons. Together, Warner and Greenlaw led a San Francisco defense that finished the 2023 regular season third in points allowed (17.5) and rushing yards per game (89.7).

Still short of that much-desired Vince Lombardi Trophy, the 49ers’ defense likely will remain one of the best for years to come as long as Warner and Greenlaw are in uniform.

Tight end-wise, George Kittle carries the load, according to PFF.

“Tight end rooms are generally dominated by one player,” added Kosko. “We saw the Buffalo Bills draft Dalton Kincaid in 2023, adding him to a group that already had a productive tight end in Dawson Knox. What ensued was a significant decrease in targets for Knox as Kincaid took over the…


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