Coming off a close Super Bowl loss to end the 2019 NFL season, it's no secret that the San Francisco 49ers are absolutely loaded with talent. They have a few high-profile players that lead the way, but for the most part, this isn't a squad with the kind of top-end star power that some of the league's other elite teams offer.
That doesn't mean they're not loaded with talent, however. Digging into the advanced stats, the 49ers have some players to be really excited about.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB
The 49ers ran the ball incredibly well in the postseason, which may have overshadowed how good Jimmy Garoppolo was last season. He only threw 476 passes (No. 19 in the NFL), so he didn't get a ton of chances to rack up big stats, but his efficiency was impressive. Garoppolo's 8.3 adjusted yards per pass attempt (AY/A) ranked No. 9 in the NFL, and he was one of only four quarterbacks who were "on target" with at least 80 percent of their passes in 2019, per Pro-Football-Reference.
2. Brandon Aiyuk, WR
We still don't have any NFL stats to go on for incoming rookie Brandon Aiyuk, but his advanced college stats should have 49ers fans excited. He ranked in the 87th percentile among wide receiver prospects by averaging 18.3 yards per reception in his final college season, and his 40.6 percent Dominator Rating (share of a team's receiving yards and receiving touchdowns that a player accounts for) also ranks in the 82nd percentile.
3. Richard Sherman, CB
Richard Sherman got some flack for struggling a bit in the Super Bowl, but he is still one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Opposing quarterbacks threw at him 69 times in 2019, and they only averaged 5.6 yards per target with a 64.1 passer rating on those attempts. That passer rating was the 12th-lowest allowed by any player that was targeted at least 50 times on the year.
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