The six-year pro recorded his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season (1,120 yards) despite missing two games in 2009 , and that impressed the staff enough to put him behind a host of other talented runners in Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice.
An improved 49ers offensive attack and the selection of two offensive linemen in the first round were also likely factored into their decision.
Knowing how competitive Gore is, the ranking will only serve as motivation for the fourth leading rusher on the 49ers all-time rushing list (5,561 yards).
But good news for Gore, he’s the highest-ranked Miami Hurricane on this year’s list of rankings, ahead of many from his alma mater like, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (No. 9), Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne (No. 20), Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis (No. 76) and Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee (No. 119).
For those wondering about the rankings of other key members of the 49ers, they are as follows: tight end Vernon Davis (No. 46), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (No. 55), quarterback Alex Smith (No. 117), 49ers defense (No. 176) and wide receiver Josh Morgan (No. 193).
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