No this isn't a typo, yes this is being posted in 2010. We all rush to judgement about how the Niners did this year in the draft. The fact is we don't know yet. We've all heard of the players being drafted in the late rounds that nobody thought would do anything. In reality you need at least five years to tell if you drafted well. So without further ado the San Francisco 49ers 2005 draft:
Round 1, pick 1. QB Alex Smith. It's a bit tough to judge this one yet. His first few years were not so good, but he did have a different offensive coordinator for four straight years. He looked OK under Norv Turner and he looked good last year going 5-5 with 18 TD's and 12 INT's. This year will be his second with offensive coordinator Jimmy Ray, so we should have a clearer picture. So far I give this pick a C.
Round 2, pick 33. G David Bass. Bass is coming around, he started all 16 games last year, but before that he had a hard time cracking the starting line up. This year will be very difficult with Davis and Iupoti coming in. He's been solid but not spectacular C-.
Round 3, pick 65. RB Frank Gore. This is easy. Gore has been the best offensive player on the team for four years. He's ran for over 1,000 yards four straight years, blocks well, catches well and by all accounts is a model teammate. An easy A.
Round 3, pick 94. T Adam Snyder. He's started 54 games since 2005. He is in line to get bumped to Guard when Anthony Davis takes over at right tackle and should start more games there. For a third rounder he has been a steady performer on the line B-.
Round 5, pick 137. DT Ronald Fields. Started nine games in four year for the Niners recording one sack, then he went to Denver last year and started all 16 games. I give him a D for the Niners, C for the Broncos.
Round 5, pick 174. WR Rasheed Marshall. Never caught a ball, he did return a few kicks for the Niners but was ultimately by them and two other teams. He played in the Arena league in 2007. It's hard to give these late round picks bad grades, but he never even caught a ball, D.
Round 6, pick 205. DB Derrick Johnson. Started five games for the Niners at cornerback even returned a fumble for 78 yards and a touchdown, but lets face it everybody started a few games for the NIners in the secondary in 2005. He was cut by the Niners after 2005, played for the Texans and Falcons in 2006 but never really caught on. I will give him a D+ for taking one to the house.
Round 7, picks 215, 223, 248. DB Daven Holly, WR Marcus Maxwell, TE Patrick Estes. These seventh round picks are just aching to get cut. The best you can hope for is making the practice squad and maybe if you are lucky you can suit up for a year or two. None of these players started one game for the Niners. How can you grade a seventh round pick?
Round 7 pick 249. TE Billy Bajema. So after I just bashed seventh round picks here comes Billy Bajema. Bajema was the last pick of the draft for the Niners. Bajema has played in all but three games in his five year career, starting 30 of them. He played his first four years with the Niners and last year with the Rams. Mr irrelevant? I think not, an A- for Bajema.
Overall I give this draft a B-, with extra credit possibilities if Alex Smith turns into the franchise Quarterback he was drafted to be.
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