Grading the San Francisco 49ers’ Last 5 First-Round Draft Picks

Grading the San Francisco 49ers' Last 5 First-Round Draft Picks

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The San Francisco 49ers have built one of the best rosters in the NFL by selecting players in the draft who have gone on to make an impact in the league. A large part of that success has to do with how well the team has done in the first round, limiting the number of busts they have had.

5. S Eric Reid (2013, No. 18 Overall): B+

Eric Reid
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5. S Eric Reid (2013, No. 18 Overall): B+

Eric Reid
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Eric Reid had big shoes to fill as he was penciled in to replace Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson from day one. Reid was more than up to the task as he provided consistent play as a rookie and was named to the Pro Bowl as an alternate. He finished second on the team with four interceptions and also defended 11 passes.

4. WR A.J. Jenkins (2012, No. 30 Overall): F

A.J. Jenkines
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4. WR A.J. Jenkins (2012, No. 30 Overall): F

A.J. Jenkins
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The 49ers needed a wide receiver they could groom into a starter for years to come but missed badly when selecting A.J. Jenkins in 2012. Despite injuries to the receiving corps in that season, Jenkins couldn't make a dent on the roster and failed to catch a pass. He was traded during the preseason the following year to the Kansas City Chiefs.

3. LB Aldon Smith (2011, No. 7 Overall): B

Aldon Smith
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3. LB Aldon Smith (2011, No. 7 Overall): B

Aldon Smith
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On the field, Aldon Smith would get an A+ grade as he has been one of the premier pass rushers in the league over his first three seasons, recording 42 sacks in 43 games. However, off the field issues have plagued Smith as well, and his latest arrest has the 49ers contemplating whether or not he is part of the team's plans moving forward.

2. T Anthony Davis (2010, No. 11 Overall): A, G Mike Iupati (2010, No. 17 overall): A

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2. T Anthony Davis (2010, No. 11 Overall): A, G Mike Iupati (2010, No. 17 overall): A

49ers offensive line
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The 49ers doubled down on offensive linemen in 2010, using both of their first-round selections to bolster the group. Since then, Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati have been stalwarts up front and have helped turn what was once a weakness into a strength.

1. Michael Crabtree (2009, No. 10 Overall): B

Michael Crabtree
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1. Michael Crabtree (2009, No. 10 Overall): B

Michael Crabtree
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The 49ers were in desperate need of a playmaker on the outside when Michael Crabtree fell into their laps in 2009. He started off slow due to a holdout, but he seemed to improve each season. He finally broke out in 2012, eclipsing 1,000 yards for the first time. An injury set him back in 2013, but he is poised for a big season entering his contract year.


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