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49ers Should Have Drafted DeSean Jackson

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 26:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball for a 67 yard touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field October 26, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Eagles won the game 27-17.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Steven ResnickSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2009

Watching the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New York Giants got me thinking to what could have been.

Back in 2008, the San Francisco 49ers made a blunder by not drafting a local product out of the University of California.

Desean Jackson should have been drafted by the 49ers with their 29th or 39th pick in the draft.

How Jackson fell to the 49th pick is unbelievable!

If Jackson had been drafted by the 49ers, he would have filled two needs for the team— a wide receiver and a punt returner. Can 49ers fans imagine the ability to spread the defense out and utilize Frank Gore much more effectively with the threat of Jackson?

Jackson is a player that can get to the end zone at anytime. In the game tonight, he has scored on a 60 yard touchdown reception and a 72 yard touchdown on a punt return down the sideline.

It's just another perfect example of the incompetency the 49ers have had in the draft. Jackson would have been an immediate fan favorite with his roots in the Bay. 

In Jackson's rookie year he caught 62 passes for 912 yards and two touchdowns, had 17 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown, and 50 punt returns for 440 yards and a touchdown.

This year Jackson has caught 44 passes for 769 yards, and six touchdowns, has eight carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, and 21 punt returns for 326 yards and a touchdown. And that's before the damage he has already done tonight.

Imagine if he did all that in a 49ers uniform.

The only thing that can make up for not drafting Jackson is drafting another Cal product. Jahvid Best should be drafted by the 49ers because he can fill the need on returning kicks and provide the speed that the 49ers truly lack.

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