Gems: Jesse Sapolu, Tommy Hart, Dwight Clark and Jerry Mertens earned Pro Bowl berths as position players despite being selected between the 239th and 289th overall choices in their draft classes. Charles Haley, Terrell Owens and Joe Montana were chosen between the 82nd and 96th choices.
Busts: Quarterback Alex Smith (2005) and receiver Harry Babcock (1953) are the only players drafted first overall by the 49ers. Smith still has a chance to change his legacy, but so far it's not looking good. The 49ers whiffed on Steve Spurrier with the third overall choice in 1967. Jim Druckenmiller stands out as a memorable first-round disappointment in more recent years.
Niners 2010 Draft = gold or fools gold? I hope the former!!
Originally posted by TheRatMan13: Rashaun Woods has to be the biggest bust in recent drafts. The Niners passed up on Wilfork and Tommy Harris to draft this pud.
Actually we traded down from 16 because the Bears took Harris at 14. I really thought we'd take Wilfork when he was available.. oh well. Shawn Andrews was available at 16 as well and the Eagles traded up with us to get him. Then we traded our pick again to Carolina(who drafted Chris Gamble) to get Woods. What a joke.
We actually did better with the picks we traded for though. Got Spencer from the philly trade down and Soap from the Carolina trade down. Besides Justin Smiley the only good draft picks were the picks we acquired. thats pretty sad.
Passed up Chris Cooley and Matt Schaub for Derrick Hamilton in the third round.
Hindsight is 20/20 i guess but the 2004 draft class was horrible. At least we still have Spencer and Soap.
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