San Francisco 49ers: Reevaluating the 2005 NFL Draft 10 Years Later

April 25, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

With the 2015 NFL draft beginning in less than a week, it’s reasonable to be excited about the potential this year’s class brings.  However, it’s important to remember that potential doesn’t always provide instant results on the field.  Even if the San Francisco 49ers get the highest grade among all teams the week after the draft, there’s every chance that we’ll look back a decade hence and wonder what went wrong.
A decade ago, Troy Williamson, David Pollack and Erasmus James were considered first-round talents who would fundamentally change the face of their franchises, and yet all were washed up after a few seasons at best.  While teams this year will be thrilled to see, say, DeVante Parker, Shane Ray or Arik Armstead join their franchises, we won’t know how well a team really performed until the careers have had a chance to play out.
The San Francisco 49ers had the first overall pick a decade ago and were looking to ...

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