San Francisco 49ers 2011 Draft: 10 Picks To Return to Glory

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San Francisco 49ers 2011 Draft: 10 Picks To Return to Glory

It has now been over a decade since concussion issues forced 49er Legend Steve Young into retirement, effectively ending the most prolific dynasty in NFL History. From 1981-1997 the 49ers made the playoffs in 16 of the 18 seasons, the only exceptions were the strike shortened season of 1982, and the 1991 season in which the 49ers missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record. During this time period the 49ers won 13 NFC-West Titles, went to 10 NFC Championship Games, and won five Super Bowls. It was dominance like the NFL had never seen before, and will probably never see again. 

For a franchise that had back-to-back Hall of Fame Quarterbacks, the last decade has been excruciating to say the least. In fact, the 49ers were so sure Steve Young was the next elite quarterback, they all but sent Montana (who many consider the greatest of all time) packing in his later years. In a quarterback driven league, the 49ers had the best in the league for two decades. In fact, some have even made the case they had #1 and #2 All-Time consecutively.  

So we need to be a little understanding of 49er fans when they are quick to crucify under-performing players (Alex Smith, Vernon Davis) and give coaches the hook, they have had six coaches (Marriucci, Erickson, Nolan, Sigletary, Tomsula, and Harbaugh) in 11 years. 

So to throw a bone to those struggling out in Frisco, here is a list of the players they should take with their 10 draft picks that will return the 49ers to glory (or at least top of AWFUL NFC West). 

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