1. San Francisco 49ers
Around this time last year, the San Francisco 49ers were viewed as a popular sleeper to make a run at the Super Bowl since they finally seemed to find a quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo.
By winning the final five games of the 2017 season, it was easy to understand the hype surrounding Garoppolo, but unfortunately with the quarterback suffering a torn ACL in September, the 49ers watched their season go downhill real fast.
The good news is assuming that Garoppolo continues to be on pace to fully recovery, San Francisco deserves to be in the category of potential surprise contender once again in 2019.
However, no matter what it takes, the 49ers need to do their best job in making sure that Garoppolo feels as comfortable as possible on offense since after last season’s injury, chances are he’s going to be feeling a little extra cautious.
Also, San Francisco understands the importance of making sure their beloved quarterback receives the proper help to succeed under center, and even before the Steelers announced their intentions to trade Brown, the 49ers were already viewed as a potential landing spot.
Providing Garoppolo with a top talent at receiver in Brown would take expectations for the 49ers to a whole new level, and if the Rams thought it was easy to win the NFC West in 2018, that certainly wouldn’t be the case next season if San Francisco were to pull off this epic trade.