By Brian Kalchik @BrianKalchik on March 31, 2014
In the Bill Walsh era, the San Francisco 49ers were the best at drafting prospects. From trading up to select Jerry Rice to stealing Joe Montana in the third round, the 49ers were head and shoulders above everyone else. Since then, the 49ers, while being one of the most successful teams in the NFL, have made some poor picks that set their franchise back for years.
Drafted: No. 27, 2002
A shaky pass defense in San Francisco was expected to get a boost after the team selected Mike Rumph in 2002. Instead, the 49ers didn't get any better. Rumph had only three picks in four seasons, all in 2003. Rumph was so bad in coverage that the 49ers switched him over to safety. The injury bug also hit Rumph as he only started in 19 games in his four years.
Drafted: No. 31, 2004
With Terrell Owens off to Philadelphia, the 49ers used common sense and tried to find his replacement in Oklahoma State wide receiver Rashaun Woods. Unfortunately, Woods was more like former Cowboys receiver Justin Blackmon than Dez Bryant. Woods only caught seven passes in only four games for the 49ers in 2004. He lasted two seasons in San Francisco and never played a down in 2005.
Drafted: No. 30, 2012
Another wide receiver blunder the 49ers made was selecting Illinois receiver A.J. Jenkins at No. 30 in 2012. Jenkins was a no-show in San Francisco, only appearing in just 37 offensive snaps. Jenkins was only targeted once during his only season, and it was a dropped pass. He was traded to Kansas City before the 2013 season in exchange for another draft bust in Jon Baldwin. At last the 49ers got rid of him quickly.
Drafted: No. 65, 2000
While a third-round pick isn't normally viewed as a blunder, the 49ers selecting Giovanni Carmazzi over Tom Brady makes this one of the worst moves in franchise history. Carmazzi never played a down in the NFL, Brady, a lifelong 49ers fan, went on to win three Super Bowls in New England. Carmazzi's failure would ultimately cost Steve Mariucci his job and lead to some lost years in San Francisco.
Drafted: No. 26, 1997
Looking to find an eventual replacement for Steve Young, the 49ers made their worst draft blunder of all time in selecting quarterback Jim Druckenmiller. Druckenmiller played in just six game in two years, completing an atrocious 21 out of 52 passes with only one touchdown and four interceptions. With two draft busts selected at quarterback, it's weird to think that coach Steve Mariucci coached Brett Favre in Green Bay.
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