NFL Draft: The San Francisco 49ers and Top 10 Draft Busts of the Last 20 Years

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NFL Draft: The San Francisco 49ers and Top 10 Draft Busts of the Last 20 Years
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2005- Alex Smith, QB

From 1981 to 1998, the San Francisco 49ers won five Super Bowls, appeared in the NFC title game 10 times, and won 14 division titles.

In that time span, the 49ers were able to successfully make the smooth transition from Joe Montana to Steve Young, from Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon to Jerry Rice and John Taylor. From Russ Francis to Brent Jones. From Bill Walsh to George Seifert.

The 49ers were in every sense of the word, the single greatest franchise in football history since the beginning of the Super Bowl era. No team in NFL History has had the kind of run the 49ers had in almost two full decades.

Most critics credited the 49ers strong drafts in building their dynasty. For every successful pick they made, the 49ers had just as many misses. For every Terrell Owens (3rd round 1996 Draft), there was a Rashaun Woods (1st round 2004 Draft).

Here is the list of the top 10 San Francisco 49er draft busts of the past 20 years.

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