San Francisco 49ers' Best and Worst Draft Picks of Last 10 Classes

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San Francisco 49ers' Best and Worst Draft Picks of Last 10 Classes
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The draft nightmare. 

I know you San Francisco 49ers fans have had it. The one when you're talking in your sleep, calling out "Woods, Balmer, Jenkins...I can't take another first-round bust!"

OK, maybe not all of you have had that dream. But I'm sure most of you have ranted about some of San Francisco's worst draft picks in the last 10 years. 

Fortunately for the 49ers Faithful, the Red and Gold have offset some of those mistakes with absolute gems. 

For this slideshow, I've chosen San Francisco's best and worst picks of the last 10 NFL draft classes. 

Here is the criteria for how I made the following selections:

  • Players chosen in the first few rounds were judged more harshly than those selected in the last few rounds. This means a player with similar stats taken later in the draft would get the nod as a "best" pick over a player drafted earlier. Players drafted in the first round, especially top-10 selections, who underachieved were often chosen as "worst" picks over late-round picks who did nothing at all. 
  • Career achievements and box-score stats were part of the equation, but I relied heavily on Pro Football Reference's Approximate Value. It's a counting stat (the more you play, the bigger the numbers gets) with an aim to fairly judge value from position to position.
  • I slightly favored what players did as a 49er over what they accomplished elsewhere. 

All stats via Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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