The resurrection of the San Francisco 49ers has gone more quickly than initially expected when head coach Jim Harbaugh took over three years ago. Now, expectations are through the roof, and only a Super Bowl championship will appease the "49ers Faithful."
General manager Trent Baalke has built the current roster primarily through the draft, and 2014 will be no different. The 49ers lack the available salary-cap room to sign big-money free agents, so the draft is critical to the ongoing success of the team.
In the history of the 49ers franchise, there have been some great players selected in the draft, including Hall of Fame superstars Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Joe Montana. Other outstanding players have also come through the draft, including Patrick Willis, Frank Gore and John Brodie.
However, over the years, there have been some clunkers thrown in. In order to consider the worst moves the 49ers have made on draft day, we must first look at the most important selections, those in the first round—important decisions which the criteria for this list must revolve around.
Let's take a closer look at the 49ers' biggest draft-day mistakes.