Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 8/18/12
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the San Francisco 49ers, that player is guard Mike Iupati. It was tough to find a breakout player for the 49ers because basically their entire starting defense broke out last season, which basically eliminated a whole side of the ball for me to choose from. However, they do have one budding Pro Bowler on their offensive line, left guard Mike Iupati. Iupati was the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the highest drafted interior offensive lineman since the Seahawks took Steve Hutchinson in the same spot in 2010. Iupati played very well in his 2nd season in the league, ranking 11th on ProFootballFocus with a 9.6 rating, playing every snap except 4. He was eq...
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