Please (vets) tell me you remember this draft day debacle: Israel Ifeanyi
The 49ers draft of 1996 was one of anticipation. Having traded their No. 1 pick the previous year for the right to draft wide receiver J.J. Stokes at the No. 10 spot (sound familiar?), the 49ers didn’t have a pick until halfway through the second round.
The 49ers were in desperate need of pass-rush help after trading Charles Haley to the Dallas Cowboys in 1992 and never adequately replacing him.
Who would be the next pass rush specialist in San Francisco?
The name was in: Israel Ifeanyi. My reaction: “Who the hell is Israel Ifeanyi?” Over the Likes of:
-Lance Johnstone (wound up being a soild DE in the league)
-Brian Dawkins (wow)
-Tedy Bruschi, ILB
- Donnie Edwards, ILB
-Jon Runyan, T
-Zach Thomas, MLB
-La'Roi Glover, DT
we did nab T.O. this yr. that's about it.
During the press conference, George Seifert seemed genuinely excited to have landed the defensive end from USC. I remember Seifert saying that Ifeanyi had the quickest hands he had ever seen.
He played in only three games in 1996 and was credited with zero tackles and zero sacks. That was it. He got injured & we cut him the next yr. Fantastic.