NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton and 10 Draft-Day Trades for the San Francisco 49ers

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NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton and 10 Draft-Day Trades for the San Francisco 49ers
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NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton and 10 Draft Day Trades for the San Francisco 49ers

With the seventh pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the 49ers select...

Jim Harbaugh!

Be honest. Would you be at all disappointed?  

As far as I'm concerned, our offseason report card for 2011 already reads A+.  So will San Francisco sleep through the draft?  It's happened before.

Harbaugh can make his first good impression by avoiding the mistakes of his predecessors.

Since 2003, the only bust the Niners haven't sniffed out is Jamarcus Russell.


2003—Kwame Harris

2004—Rashaun Woods

2005—Alex Smith

2006-2007—(Uncharacteristically good stretch)

2008—Kentwan Balmer

2009—Michael Crabtree

2010—Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati


The jury is still out on Crab, Davis, and Iupati, but it's safe to say they haven't been home runs.

This year, one lucky cornerback, quarterback or pass rusher will change the trajectory of the 49ers' draft history forever.

But who?  And which position?  A quarterback?  The Niners may look elsewhere to solve that problem.

Unfortunately, many of the 49ers' targets at these positions have attracted league-wide attention.  With the seventh pick, the 49ers cannot afford to wait and watch a franchise player fall to their competition.

Here are the 10 players Harbaugh will have to go and get if his heart is set...

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