2010 NFL Draft: The San Francisco 49ers’ “Potentials”

March 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Last April, I wrote an article titled The San Francisco 49ers and the “Potentials."
It chronicled several 49ers players whom I believed had not yet realized their potential.

With the upcoming NFL draft, I thought it appropriate to take a look back and see which of these guys realized their potential last season, and how they will impact what the 49ers do in this year’s draft.

To recap, I placed these players into three categories—the first of which consisted of a group of guys who may have been put at an unfair advantage by not being used by then-head coach Mike Nolan.

Ashlie Lelie was a prime example. Lelie, of course, was not retained, and the 49ers signed Brandon Jones as a free agent. They then got lucky in the draft when Michael Crabtree fell to them. Although Jones was injured and seldom saw action, Crabtree made an immediate impact—after his infamous holdout, that is.

With Isaac Bruce retired and Arnaz Battle’s future with th...

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