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2021 NFL Power Rankings: San Francisco 49ers

Throughout the 2021 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the San Francisco 49ers rank in terms of average, best and worst:

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the 49ers in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

New Year's resolution: Make a significant investment at cornerback

The Niners have put major resources into key positions like quarterback, left tackle and pass-rusher since GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan arrived in 2017. But they haven't done the same at cornerback, where the largest investment was in Richard Sherman when he was coming off a torn Achilles. In the draft, the Niners haven't taken a cornerback earlier than No. 66, either. San Francisco's raw passing yards allowed numbers are fine, but it leads the NFL with 19 defensive pass interference penalties. A top-level corner could elevate the 49ers' defense back into elite territory in 2022. -- Nick Wagoner

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

Trey Lance stepped in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) on Sunday and did the job, leading the 49ers to a workmanlike 23-7 win over the Texans that puts San Francisco on the precipice of the playoffs. Now things get interesting: Lance's obvious upside makes him a potential X-factor, but Niners coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after Sunday's win that Jimmy G will draw the start against the Rams in the season finale -- if he's healthy enough to do so. Would Shanahan really turn back to his physically compromised veteran with the season on the line? In reality, it will be a roll of the dice no matter which direction he goes.

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San Francisco 49ers 2021 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the 49ers in 2021.

MORE: 2021 NFL Strength of Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResults
Week 1Sun., Sept. 12at Detroit LionsW 41-33
Week 2Sun., Sept. 19at Philadelphia EaglesW 17-11
Week 3Sun., Sept. 26vs. Green Bay PackersL 28-30
Week 4Sun., Oct. 3vs. Seattle SeahawksL 21-28
Week 5Sun., Oct. 10at Arizona CardinalsL 10-17
Week 6BYE
Week 7Sun., Oct. 24vs. Indianapolis ColtsL 18-30
Week 8Sun., Oct. 31at Chicago BearsW 33-22
Week 9Sun., Nov. 7vs. Arizona CardinalsL 17-31
Week 10Mon., Nov. 15vs. Los Angeles RamsW 31-10
Week 11Sun., Nov. 21at Jacksonville JaguarsW 30-10
Week 12Sun., Nov. 28vs. Minnesota VikingsW 34-26
Week 13Sun., Dec. 5at Seattle SeahawksL 23-30
Week 14Sun., Dec. 12at Cincinnati BengalsW 26-23 (OT)
Week 15Sun., Dec. 19vs. Atlanta FalconsW 31-13
Week 16Thu., Dec. 23at Tennessee TitansL 17-20
Week 17Sun., Jan. 2vs. Houston TexansW 23-7
Week 18Sun., Jan. 9at Los Angeles RamsW 27-24 (OT)

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San Francisco 49ers 2021 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2021 NFL Draft picks selected by the San Francisco 49ers.

RoundOverallPlayerPositionSchool
13Trey LanceQBNorth Dakota State
248Aaron BanksGNotre Dame
388Trey SermonRBOhio State
3102Ambry ThomasCBMichigan
5155Jaylon MooreOTWestern Michigan
5172Deommodore LenoirCBOregon
5180Talanoa HufangaSUSC
6194Eli MitchellRBLA-Lafayette

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