The San Francisco 49ers have made some of the best draft picks in the history of the NFL. Hall of Fame players such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott were all drafted by the legendary Bill Walsh.
Current 49er stars Vernon Davis, Frank Gore and Patrick Willis were also acquired through the draft.
With free-agent salaries going through the roof, it is imperative for the ongoing success of a franchise to draft well. Free agents can fill holes and supplement a team, but due to the expense, you simply cannot build a team through free agency.
Successful teams are adept at selecting impact talent and quality role players, essential to build and fortify a winning team. Failure to draft well is the first step towards an extended downturn for any franchise.
In order to qualify for our list, a player must have been selected in the first two rounds of the draft. Players selected in these two rounds are expected to be mainstays on the team for several years.
The 49ers have had their share of draft busts. Let's take a look at some of the worst draft choices in franchise history.