You know that saying, "Third time's a charm"?
For the San Francisco 49ers, it should be "Third round's a charm."
Throughout its 65-year history, the 49ers' franchise has assembled some of the finest draft classes the NFL has ever witnessed.
First-round picks like Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice and Bryant Young have proved themselves worthy of their early selections and were thrust into 49ers lore.
But it's San Fran's unique ability to uncover hidden talents in mid-to-late rounds—particularly the third—that's allowed the franchise to flourish.
So considering we've got roughly two months of time to pass until the 2012 NFL draft, let us delve into some of the best third-round picks that both the 49ers and the NFL have ever seen.