The Top 10 49ers NFL Draft Blunders Over The Past Two Decades
Over the past decade, the San Francisco 49ers have had their share of wasted picks in the NFL Draft, from overlooking certain players to just flat-out misses.
In 2009, the 49ers fans saw how quickly a year could change the perception of a certain player.
Even with that, the 49ers have made some horrific picks lately.
Now it's time to take a look at the worst of the worst over the last two decades.
Todd Kelly: First Round, 27th Overall (1993)
A Tennessee product who didn't produce. In two seasons he appeared in 25 games with six starts. Had 5.5 sacks with the 49ers, forced two fumbles, and recovered a fumble.
Definitely not worth a first-round pick to bring in Kelly.
Dana Hall: First Round, 18th Overall
Did not amount to much in his three seasons with the 49ers. Appeared in 44 games with 26 starts.
Had 100 tackles, four interceptions, a sack, and a fumble recovery as a member of the 49ers. Played with Cleveland for a year and two seasons with Jacksonville.
No. 10: Mike Rumph (2002) First Round, 27th Overall
Mike Rumph was supposed to be a starting cornerback for a long time for the 49ers. Especially considering that he came out of the University of Miami, a school that was known for producing outstanding players.
Rumph's career with the 49ers was interrupted by injuries. He did show some promise in his second season, but after that season he was plagued by injuries, only participating in five total games from season three to season four with the 49ers.
He then signed with Washington for his fifth season, but managed to appear in just seven games.
In his second season, Rumph got the bulk of his statistics with the 49ers, where he contributed in 15 games. He totaled two sacks, three interceptions, seven passes defended, forced a fumble, and 62 tackles.
In the 36 games, he appeared in with the 49ers, Rumph recorded 105 tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks, and three interceptions.
If Rumph could have stayed healthy, he may not have been able to contribute more than he did as a 49er.
No. 9: Rashaun Woods (2004) First Round, 31st overall
When Rashuan Woods was drafted in 2004 as the 31st pick in the draft, there were a lot of hopes that he would help out with the serious lack of production from the 49ers wide receivers.
Woods had nice size at 6'2 202 and good hands. That was the scouting report on Woods when he was drafted by the 49ers. Unfortunately, that talent was never untapped and he only played in one season in the NFL.
His line? Seven catches, 160 yards a touchdown, a long of 59, and he appeared in 14 games in the 2004 season.
I will say the reason he is not further down on the list is because his career was cut short by injuries. It would have been interesting to see what Woods could have done if he was healthy.
The seven catches for 160 yards and only a touchdown does not warrant a selection as a first rounder.
No. 8: Keith DeLong (1989) First Round, 28th overall
Keith DeLong was selected as the 28th pick in the NFL Draft back in 1989, but he never amounted to much for the 49ers. He played in 64 games in five years with the team. He started in 39 of those 64 games played.
His contribution to the 49ers in those five years a sack and two interceptions. He did recover six fumbles.
The sad part is that DeLong had the size to be a very good linebacker in the NFL. He was 6'2", 245.
No. 7: R.W. McQuarters (1998) First Round, 28th Overall
R.W. McQuarters was another first round pick that came out of Oklahoma State. McQuarters came in as a cornerback for the 49ers, but ultimately did not live up to the expectations.
After only one year as a cornerback, he was moved to return man exclusively.
He did come in certain packages in his second year with the team. After his second year with the 49ers, he was then traded to Chicago.
McQuarters' production as a 49er including 27 games with 11 starts. He had one interception for 25 yards, 77 tackles, and two fumble recoveries.
As both a punt return man and a kickoff return man he was decent with 65 punt returns for 496 yards and a touchdown. He also had 43 kick returns for 907 yards.
However, the 49ers had drafted McQuarters with the hope that he would become a solid starting cornerback. Instead, he became a player confined to a role on special teams.
No. 6: J.J. Stokes (1995) First Round, 10th Overall
I remember the pick very well. The 49ers traded picks to move up so that they could nab the former UCLA Bruin at No. 10.
At 6'4", 220, Stokes was supposed to be that second wide receiver to make Jerry Rice even more dangerous. Stokes however, never lived up to those expectations.
Quite possibly his most famous play was not even a play he made as a wide receiver as a 49er. During a Monday Night Football game, Bill Romanowski spit in the face of Stokes.
Somehow, Stokes managed to play eight seasons with the 49ers, appearing in 111 games with 66 starts. You'd expect the 10th pick in the draft to start more than that, especially after lasting eight years with a team.
He caught 327 passes for 4,139 yards, and had 30 touchdowns, and a long of 53. Even Rashaun Woods had a longer career than Stokes.
For his career as 49er, he averaged 3 catches per game and 37.3 yards per game.
An average season for Stokes would be 40 catches for 517 yards and 4 touchdowns. Definitely not numbers of a player who was picked No. 10.
No. 5: Kwame Harris (2003) First Round, 27th Overall
The 49ers selected Kwame Harris out of Stanford, hoping that he could anchor the offensive line. At 6'7, 310 he was massive, but he never lived up to the hype.
Harris did manage to score a touchdown in his career, recovering a fumble, but that maybe the most noteworthy moment in his NFL career.
He lasted five years with the 49ers, appearing in 72 games and starting 44 of those.
He was also known to take costly penalties for the 49ers. He was pretty well accomplished in racking up holding penalties and false starts.
After he was released by the 49ers, Harris went across the bay to Oakland, where he lasted only a year.
No. 4: Jim Druckenmiller (1997) First Round, 26th Overall
Jim Druckenmiller was drafted by the 49ers to eventually take over as the starting quarterback for the 49ers when the time came for Steve Young to retire.
Druckenmiller never lived up to those expectations, and lasted only two years in the NFL.
He appeared in six games for the 49ers, including one start. I guess you could say that his winning percentage is great, as 1-0 is his record. Other than that, though, he did not amount to anything.
Druckenmiller's numbers for his career in the six games 21-52 for 239 yards, a touchdown, four interceptions, sacked four times, and a long of 33.
What made the 49ers draft him was his size at 6'4 240. Unfortunately, all that Druckenmiller had was his size. He didn't have any kind of accuracy or presence in the pocket, which is why he only lasted two years with the 49ers.
No. 3: Dexter Carter (1990) First Round, 25th Overall
Dexter Carter was drafted as backup running back in 1990. Instead, he rarely saw carries and became the 49ers return man for punts and kickoffs.
The best word to describe Carter would be butterfingers.
It seemed like after every good return that Carter had he would fumble the football and the opposing team would recover it. In Carter's rookie year alone, he had eight fumbles.
In the seven years as a backup running back for the 49ers, Carter had 247 attempts for 1042 yards and five touchdowns.
For punt returns he had 117 returns for 1213 yards and two touchdowns, and kickoff returns 217 times for 4707 and two touchdowns.
In Carter's seven-year career, he fumbled the ball 26 times. He appeared in 90 games with the 49ers in that span and started 19.
That's not much production from a running back that was taken in the first round, especially if their best role is on special teams.
No. 2: Reggie McGrew (1999) First Round, 24th Overall
Reggie McGrew was drafted by the 49ers out of the University of Florida. He was supposed to make a name for himself and anchor the defensive line.
Instead he was just awful, and was released by the team after just two years.
It's not hard too see why the 6'1 310 pounder was released. In 22 career games for the 49ers he recorded a sack, two passes defended, and 10 tackles.
Definitely not numbers that a team would want from a first-round selection.
No. 1: Kentwan Balmer (2008) First Round, 29th Overall
Maybe it was a sign for the 49ers not to draft Balmer, but apparently he didn't help his draft stock after a substandard 40 time.
That didn't scare the 49ers away from drafting Balmer in the first round with the 29th pick.
So, far Balmer has done very little in his first two years for the 49ers. This is the year that Balmer needs to make a name for himself, otherwise he's going to be a tremendous bust for the 49ers.
At 6'5, 315", Balmer must improve on stopping the run as well as getting to the quarterback.
So far in his short career, Balmer has played in 24 games recording 19 tackles, no sacks, and a pass defended. He has also had injury issues.