San Francisco 49ers: Where Is the 2012 Draft Class? Plus More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterNovember 8, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26:  Wide receiver A.J. Jenkins #17 of the San Francisco 49ers in action during a pre-season game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 26, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The 49ers defeated the Broncos, 29-24.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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In 2010, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis both started every game as rookies. In 2011, Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver both played a high number of snaps and performed better than anyone expected them too. Which now leads me to the question, where is the 49ers' 2012 draft class?

The only player from this year's class that has played is sixth-round draft pick Trenton Robinson. Robinson is a 5'9" 193-pound safety that has contributed solely on special teams. First-round selection A.J. Jenkins has been a healthy scratch every week, along with the ever so explosive second-rounder LaMichael James. 

The real problem is that San Francisco has nowhere to play them. Jim Harbaugh's team has been so healthy at every skill position that they just haven't needed the extra help. Shoot, even running back Brandon Jacobs hasn't found a way on the field and he is making more money than all of the rookies. 

When Coach Harbaugh looks around the league, he has to consider himself very lucky. There are plenty of teams around the NFL who already have lengthy injury reports halfway through the season. And this week has proven to be no different.

After Wednesday's practice, the 49ers had listed seven players on the injury report. The only catch—no injury proved to be serious and every player was cited as being a full participant. Let's not forget this was the same situation San Francisco was in last year. 

Defensively, they were healthy all year long and the only real injury they dealt with on offense was wide receiver Ted Ginn. It ended up proving to be pretty costly in the NFC Championship Game, but all in all, under Harbaugh, the 49ers have been one of the healthiest teams in all of football. 

I bet division rivals like St. Louis, Arizona and Seattle are a tad bit envious. 

Let's take a look at other news stories from around the NFC West. 


Kent Somers of says running back Beanie Wells is nearing his return to the field. 

Craig Morgan of doesn't think quarterback Kevin Kolb is close to returning anytime soon. 


Chris Cluff of CBS Seattle looks at the Seahawks' matchup against the Jets and says New York is another familiar foe for Pete Carroll.

Thomas Holmes of Bleacher Report breaks down the Seahawks at the halfway point.

St. Louis

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports on the current injuries the Rams are dealing with and says Scott Wells returned to practice for the first time. 

Matthew Melton of Bleacher Report gives us 10 keys to Sunday's game against the 49ers. 

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