2014 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers’ 5 Worst Draft Picks Under Trent Baalke

2014 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers' 5 Worst Draft Picks Under Trent Baalke

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While San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke has done an excellent job at building his team through the draft, he has also made some picks that he probably wishes he could take back. Here is a look at the five worst draft picks under Baalke since he took over in 2010.

5. Vance McDonald

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Vance McDonald

5. Vance McDonald

Vance McDonald
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While the jury may still be out on McDonald, his rookie season was a disappointment. The 49ers used a second-round pick on the tight end from Rice with the hope that he would be able to help replace the departed Delanie Walker. McDonald never seemed to get comfortable in 2013, and only caught eight passes all season. He never had more than one reception in any game.

4. Kyle Williams

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4. Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams
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If you look at Kyle Williams' stats, it appears that the 49ers got a decent return on the sixth-round pick. He caught 47 passes in 3.5 seasons and scored four touchdowns. However, it was his two costly fumbles on punt returns that cost the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl in 2011. The team would no doubt trade in every one of those 47 catches for a healthy Ted Ginn, Jr. to return those kicks instead of Williams.

3. LaMichael James

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3. LaMichael James

LaMichael James
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LaMichael James is a sore spot amongst 49er fans because most feel that his lack of production is due more to the team not using him properly than James being a bust. Still, when a team takes a running back in the second round, they expect more than 44 total touches over two seasons. James has excelled in the return game when given the opportunity, but San Francisco needs more production on the offensive end.

2. Taylor Mays

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2. Taylor Mays

Taylor Mays
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In Baalke's defense, he only started his reign as GM in 2010 when then head coach Mike Singletary pushed to select Mays in the second round. The former USC product was known more for being athletically gifted than he was an effective safety. While he started six games for the 49ers in 2010, he was shipped out of town after Jim Harbaugh took over the following season. He has since started four games in three years for the Cincinnati Bengals.

1. A.J. Jenkins

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1. A.J. Jenkins

A.J. Jenkins
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Wide receiver was (and still is) a position of great need for the 49ers, and Baalke needed to hit on one when he selected A.J. Jenkins in the first round in 2012. Jenkins was a colossal failure and did not catch a pass in his rookie year. He was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2013 preseason and the 49ers found themselves again in the market for another wideout.


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