49ers' worst drafts of the past 10 years

49ers' worst drafts of the past 10 years
April 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Rashaun Woods was selected with the 31st overall pick in the 2004 draft. He caught just 7 passes in his rookie year. (AP)

The same decision-makers who brought you the 49ers' best drafts over the past 10 years are also responsible for some of the worst selections during that same period of time. Rashaun Woods and Kentwan Balmer, both selected at the ends of the first round, were not good players. Running back Glen Coffee, who appeared to have a promising future, unexpectedly retired during training camp prior to his second NFL season. Now, the onus is on wide receiver A.J. Jenkins, who did not catch a pass as a rookie, to prove he does not belong on this list, as well. What goes up must come down. Earlier, we provided the 49ers' top five drafts over the past 10 years. Here is a look at the 49ers' five worst drafts:

1. 2004 -— The bad: Rashaun Woods. Period. Then-GM Terry Donahue traded back twice and selected Woods with the No. 31 overall pick. Woods caught seven passes as a rookie, and never gave coaches the impression that the game was important to him. In the third round, the 49ers selected another wide receiver, Derrick Hamilton, who never even touched the ball with the 49ers. Linebacker Richard Seigler (fourth round), safety Keith Lewis (sixth round) and quarterback Cody Pickett (seventh round) had brief stays with the team. The good: Punter Andy Lee, chosen in the sixth round, has been outstanding throughout his nine-year career with three Pro Bowl selections. Lee routinely ranks among the league leaders despite playing half his games in windy Candlestick Park. In 2011, he set the NFL single-season record with a net average of 44.0 yards. Fourth-round pick Isaac Sopoaga started 80 of the 124 games in which he appeared before signing with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason. Cornerback Shawntae Spencer, selected in the second round, was a solid player before injuries limited his effectiveness. Guard Justin Smiley, a second-round pick, played four seasons for the 49ers before signing a nice contract with the Miami Dolphins.

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2. 2009 -— The bad: Running back Glen Coffee, a third-round draft pick, had a chance to be a very good player. Then, he surprised everyone with an abrupt retirement during training camp in 2010. Linebacker Scott McKillop sustained a serious knee injury and was never able to bounce back. Quarterback Nate Davis had the arm talent but could not stick in the league. The coaching staff thought tight end Bear Pascoe, a sixth-round pick, was completely overmatched. He was cut after his first camp and hooked on with the New York Giants. Pascoe he has played four seasons with the Giants and owns a Super Bowl ring. The good: If it weren't for the first pick and the last pick, this draft class would not even rate. Although wide receiver Michael Crabtree (and his agent, Eugene Parker) provided plenty of angst with a contract stalemate that stretched into the regular season, Crabtree has mostly lived up to expectations as the No. 10 overall pick. Crabtree has been a consistent performer since his arrival, and his production cranked up a couple notches in 2012 as he caught 85 passes for 1,105 yards and nine touchdowns. The 49ers finally have a No. 1 receiver. The final pick in that draft was Ricky Jean Francois, who served four seasons as a backup before signing a lucrative deal with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.

3. 2003 -— The bad: Tackle Kwame Harris, selected at No. 26 overall, started 44 games in five seasons. He struggled in pass protection and with penalties. He lost his starting job in his final season with the club and was not re-signed. Defensive end Andrew Williams, a third-round pick, contributed nothing. Fourth-round pick Brandon Lloyd was good for making seemingly impossible catches. He has put together a fine career, but the 49ers could not get rid of him fast enough because of his attitude. Quarterback Ken Dorsey, a seventh-round pick, was 2-8 as a starter while appearing in 12 games in 2004 and '05. The good: Defensive tackle Anthony Adams was a steady player for four seasons. But Adams did not fit Mike Nolan's style of defense, so he was not re-signed after the 2006 season. Wide receiver Arnaz Battle, a sixth-round pick, was a solid third-down receiver and special-teams contributor.

4. 2012 -— The bad: First-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins probably would not have made the team if he had not been a high draft pick. He made no impact despite season-ending injuries to Kyle Williams and Mario Manningham. Jenkins dropped the only pass thrown his way during the season. Running back LaMichael James, a second-round draft pick, did a lot of good things when given a chance, but his fumble in the Super Bowl was a costly first-half mistake. Safety Trenton Robinson and outside linebacker Cam Johnson were the only other rookies to suit up. Both saw limited action. Darius Fleming's season came to an end during rookie minicamp with a torn ACL. Sixth-round pick Jason Slowey was among the first cuts of training camp. The good: The good news is that six of the seven players from this Trent Baalke draft class remain on the team. So, go ahead and consider this class grade as "incomplete." James was the only drafted rookie to make even the slightest impact. Far down on the depth chart most of the season, James got his chance when Kendall Hunter was injured and the coaches turned the page on Brandon Jacobs. James averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 27 regular-season rushing attempts. He also averaged 29.8 yards on 14 kickoff returns.

5. 2008 -— The bad: First-round draft pick Kentwan Balmer, chosen by then-general manager Scot McCloughan at No. 29 overall, was a disaster. He managed to slide down the depth chart a little further every year. Balmer did not demonstrate the talent nor the mindset to be a competent player. He ended up quitting the team after a couple weeks of training camp in 2010. He forced a trade to the Seattle Seahawks, where he was not much better. While Balmer did not earn the right to get on the field during his short tenure, the 49ers' next pick, guard Chilo Rachal, hurt the team because he started 38 games over four seasons. Rachal, selected in the second round with the No. 39 overall pick, was simply not an effective player. Safety Reggie Smith, a third-round pick, started seven games in four seasons with the club. Fourth-round pick Cody Wallace suited up just once in two seasons. The good: In the sixth round, the 49ers selected wide receiver Joshua Morgan, who ended up being a good player until he sustained a broken lower leg early in the 2011 season. Morgan signed with the Washington Redskins in the 2012 offseason. The 49ers cut Larry Grant, a seventh-round pick, but re-signed him three years later as a backup inside linebacker and special-teams player.

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