San Francisco 49ers Issues of The Decade: Draft Performance

August 17, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Francisco 49ers have been a long way away from greatness over most of the last decade, with the performance of the team dying off hard after 2003. Many may point the finger in various places, lack of continuity of team, coaching, level of talent recruited, free agent market performance, etc. I think one of the biggest of these is our performance in the draft from 2000-2009.
When I say draft performance, I would guess that the first name through your head is Alex Smith. While his performance has fell short of what you would expect from a first overall pick, his selection is not part of the core of my reasoning.
It is understood that teams will have some misses, some players will fool all of the scouts, some players will draw excessive hype and then never live up to it, and some players take time to develop. However, each team employs people to sort through all of this and weed out their best bets.
What degree fortification should a team receive from 10 years worth...

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