49ers rankings: 36-40

We are taking a look at the top 60 players in the San Francisco 49ers’ program and will rank them from 1-60. We are going to take a look in a 12-part series, moving upward. The ranking considerations are based on 2013 production, future projections, age, and contract status:

36. Running back/returner LaMichael James: The 2012 second-round pick still hasn’t made a huge impact as a running back, but he hasn’t gotten much of a chance, either. However, he proved to be a solid kick and punt returner in the second half of the season. He has ability.

37. Linebacker Corey Lemonier: The rookie linebacker has a nice future. He should get more opportunities next season. He is a player to watch.

38. Linebacker Dan Skuta: The free agent was a nice addition. He played well when Aldon Smith was away from the team seeking treatment for substance abuse. Plus, Skuta is strong special-teamer. A nice player to have.

39. Running back Anthony Dixon: Dixon is an interesting player. He is versatile, as he can play running back, fullback and special teams. He is a free agent, though, and I can see him getting some interest from other teams.

40. Guard Adam Snyder: An older, experienced player is good to have on the roster. He played in five games when left guard Mike Iupati got injured. Depending on the development of younger players, Snyder could be back in 2014.