The 10 Best Draft Picks in San Francisco 49ers History

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The 10 Best Draft Picks in San Francisco 49ers History
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Thanks to great success in the NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers have one of the richest histories in pro sports. 

In a span of six drafts, the Niners selected three players who would become arguably the greatest players ever at their respective positions. They helped the 49ers win five Super Bowls in a 14-year stretch. 

Naturally, those three players are found at the top of this list, but deciding the rest was no easy task.

When compiling this list, I automatically eliminated players who did/have not played at least four seasons for the Niners.

This means Aldon Smith, NaVorro Bowman and Colin Kaepernick were not considered. 

The order is based mainly on stats and effect on the field. To break up ties, playoff success was weighed into the equation.

Also, considering some of these players retired well before I was born, I relied heavily on Pro-Football-Reference.com's career approximated value

Read on for a trip down memory lane, 49ers style. 

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