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Look at recent Super Bowl winner Green Bay Packers. Only one offensive starter was not drafted by the team (undrafted fullback John Kuhn).
The lesson to be seen here is that smart drafting leads to a more steady, long-term success compared to the shakier and much more expensive free agent signing process.
With that said, the 49ers’ have had some measure of success in picking up quality talent through the draft. Whether its all-world linebacker Patrick Willis, tight end Vernon Davis, or running back Frank Gore, the Niners have picked up quality pieces for their roster through the draft process.
Not every high-level draft pick has turned out exactly as hoped (looking at you Rashuan Woods, Mike Rumph, and Kentwan Balmer), but time and time again teams who draft well prove are much better off than teams that build in free agency.
Many fans are excited by the prospect of new draftees such as Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, and Chris Culliver progressing to starting roles in the future.