Since the mid to late 90s with the possible exception of 2000 the 49ers draft classes as a whole have been less than stellar. Sure there have been the first round sucsesses and busts with the occasional steal but below the first round they have been a little less than average. This year however for the first time in recent memory a fair number of lower round draft picks are cracking or at least pushing for the starting line up. Chilo Rachal, Reggie Smith, Josh Morgan,Dashon Goldson, and Payrs Haralson could all be starters on week one, not to mention anyone from this years class. Maybe G.M. Scott deserves more credit than we give him. I thinks it's a good barameter to have your draft picks move up rather than aquiring free agents, I think the reality is if most free agents were that good...they would'nt be free agents, their teams would'nt have let them go. Maybe we are now finally seeing the "green shoots" of what will be a team that could be a contender.