The 2010 NFL draft brought the 49ers a myriad of different players that were involved in their run to the NFC Championship Game last season. Going against conventional wisdom, they selected two offensive linemen in the first round that season.
Anthony Davis has been somewhat of a marginal player so far, but he continued to progress a great deal throughout his sophomore season.
Mike Iupati was the real steal in the first round that season. He made an immediate impact in the 49ers run game and is now considered the second-best guard in the entire league according to our very own Matt Miller.
The only blemish was that San Francisco reached for Taylor Mays in the second round. The decision-making process there has to be considered that of Mike Singletary, who pressured the 49ers front office into drafting the talented safety.
Later in the 2010 draft, San Fransisco traded down in the third round with the San Diego Chargers, acquiring NaVorro Bowman from Penn State. In that trade, the 49ers picked up a fourth-round pick in last year's draft, which was used to trade up for Colin Kaepernick.
Bowman made the All-Pro team opposite teammate Patrick Willis in his first full season as the 49ers' starting inside linebacker. Doesn't get much better than that.
Last season also yielded the 49ers some amazing results. While many people were confused by the selection of Aldon Smith in the top 10, he proved to be anything but a reach, leading all rookies in sacks.
San Francisco also drafted a running back of the future in Kendall Hunter, who had over 700 yards of total offense as a rookie. His lead blocker ended up being Bruce Miller, who they selected in the seventh round. Between those two picks, the 49ers added a talented corner in the form of Chris Culliver.
Expect much of the same from this up-and-coming general manager in April.