Jerry Rice in a blue Nike shirt making the hang loose hand gesture.
The 49ers moved up in the first round of the 1985 NFL draft to pick future hall of fame wide receiver Jerry Rice with the 16th overall pick.[1] While playing for the 49ers, Rice was a 10-time first-team All-Pro, two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1987 and 1993), and broke numerous NFL receiving records.[2][3]

The San Francisco 49ers (also written as the San Francisco Forty-Niners)[4] are a professional American football team based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 49ers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the National Football Conference West Division.[5] The team, founded in 1944 by Tony Morabito, is named after the prospectors who arrived in Northern California in the 1849 Gold Rush.[6][7] The 49ers joined the NFL prior to the start of the 1950 NFL season.[6] Since 2014 they have played their home games at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, located southeast of San Francisco.[6][8][9]

The NFL draft, officially known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting",[10][11][12] is an annual event which serves as the league's most common source of player recruitment.[13] The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings; the teams with the worst win–loss records receive the earliest picks. Teams that qualified for the NFL playoffs select after non-qualifiers, and their order depends on how far they advanced, using their regular season record as a tie-breaker. The final two selections in the first round are reserved for the Super Bowl runner-up and champion. Draft picks are tradable and players or other picks can be acquired with them.[14] From 1947 through 1958 the NFL designated the first overall selection as a "bonus" or "lottery pick". The pick was awarded by a random draw and the winner who received the "bonus pick" forfeited its selection in the final round of the draft and became ineligible for future draws. The system was abolished prior to the 1959 NFL draft, as all twelve teams in the league at the time had received a bonus choice.[15][16]

Since the team's first NFL draft in 1950, the 49ers have selected 87 players in the first round. The team's first-round pick in their inaugural NFL draft was Leo Nomellini, a defensive tackle from the University of Minnesota; he was the 11th overall selection.[6][17] The 49ers have drafted first overall three times, selecting Harry Babcock in 1953, Dave Parks in 1964, and Alex Smith in 2005.[18] In the most recent draft, held in 2024, the 49ers chose Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall.[19]

The 49ers did not draft a player in the first round on ten occasions. Nine of the team's first-round picks—Lance Alworth, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, Leo Nomellini, Jerry Rice, Y. A. Tittle, Patrick Willis, and Bryant Young—have been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame;[16] one of these, Lance Alworth, chose to sign with the NFL's pre-merger direct competitor, the American Football League (AFL), and never played for the 49ers.[20][21]

Player selections

Ronnie Lott in a USC Trojans shirt.
Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott was drafted by the 49ers with the 8th overall pick in the 1981 NFL draft.[22] He spent 10 seasons with the team, during which time he was a seven-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler.[23] Lott was unanimously selected for the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.[24]
Alex Smith in a San Francisco 49ers uniform behind two linemen, about to take a snap.
Quarterback Alex Smith was selected first overall by the 49ers in the 2005 NFL draft.[25]
Nick Bosa in a 49ers jersey (with no helmet) smiling.
Defensive end Nick Bosa was drafted second overall by the 49ers in the 2019 NFL draft. Bosa was named the 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year, 2022 Defensive Player of the Year, and has made 4 Pro Bowls.[26]
Key
Symbol Meaning
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
* Selected number one overall
Position abbreviations
C Center
CB Cornerback
DB Defensive back
DE Defensive end
DT Defensive tackle
FB Fullback
FL Flanker
G Guard
HB Halfback
LB Linebacker
QB Quarterback
RB Running back
S Safety
T Tackle
TE Tight end
WR Wide receiver
San Francisco 49ers first-round draft picks
Season Pick[18] Player[18] Position[18] College[18] Notes
1950 11 Leo Nomellini DT Minnesota
1951 3 Y. A. Tittle QB LSU
1952 9 Hugh McElhenny HB Washington
1953 1 Harry Babcock* TE Georgia Lottery bonus pick[27]
10 Tom Stolhandske TE Texas
1954 11 Bernie Faloney QB Maryland
1955 10 Dicky Moegle HB Rice
1956 2 Earl Morrall QB Michigan State
1957 3 John Brodie QB Stanford
1958 8 Jim Pace HB Michigan Pick received from Pittsburgh Steelers[A]
9 Charlie Krueger DT Texas A&M
1959 5 Dave Baker QB Oklahoma
8 Dan James C Ohio State Pick received from Pittsburgh Steelers[A]
1960 11 Monty Stickles TE Notre Dame
1961 6 Jimmy Johnson CB UCLA Pick received from Pittsburgh Steelers[B]
9 Bernie Casey WR Bowling Green State
11 Billy Kilmer QB UCLA Pick received from Baltimore Colts[C]
1962 8 Lance Alworth FL Arkansas Signed for the AFL's San Diego Chargers instead[20]
1963 8 Kermit Alexander DB UCLA
1964 1 Dave Parks* WR Texas Tech
1965 2 Ken Willard FB North Carolina
13 George Donnelly DB Illinois Pick received from Cleveland Browns[D]
1966 11 Stan Hindman T Ole Miss
1967 3 Steve Spurrier QB Florida Pick received from Atlanta Falcons[E]
11 Cas Banaszek TE Northwestern
1968 15 Forrest Blue C Auburn
1969 7 Ted Kwalick TE Penn State Pick received from New Orleans Saints[F]
16 Gene Washington WR Stanford
1970 9 Cedrick Hardman DE North Texas
17 Bruce Taylor DB Boston Pick received from Washington Redskins[G]
1971 23 Tim Anderson DB Ohio State
1972 19 Terry Beasley WR Auburn
1973 18 Mike Holmes DB Texas Southern
1974 9 Wilbur Jackson RB Alabama Pick received from New England Patriots[H]
10 Bill Sandifer DT UCLA
1975 10 Jimmy Webb DT Mississippi State
1976 No pick Pick traded to New England Patriots[I][J]
1977 No pick Pick traded to New England Patriots[J]
1978 7 Ken MacAfee TE Notre Dame
24 Dan Bunz LB Long Beach State Pick received from Miami Dolphins[K]
1979 No pick Pick traded to Buffalo Bills[L]
1980 13 Earl Cooper RB Rice Moved down draft order in trade with New York Jets[M]
20 Jim Stuckey DT Clemson Pick received from New York Jets[M]
1981 8 Ronnie Lott DB USC
1982 No pick Pick traded to New England Patriots[N]
1983 No pick Pick traded to San Diego Chargers[O][P]
1984 24 Todd Shell LB BYU
1985 16 Jerry Rice WR Mississippi Valley State Moved up draft order in trade with New England Patriots[Q]
1986 No pick Moved down draft order in trades with Dallas Cowboys[R] and Buffalo Bills[S]
1987 22 Harris Barton T North Carolina
25 Terrence Flagler RB Clemson Pick received from Washington Redskins[T]
1988 No pick Moved down draft order in trade with Los Angeles Raiders[U]
1989 28 Keith DeLong LB Tennessee
1990 25 Dexter Carter RB Florida State
1991 25 Ted Washington DT Louisville
1992 18 Dana Hall DB Washington
1993 26 Dana Stubblefield DT Kansas Pick received from Kansas City Chiefs[V] and used to move down draft order in trades with Phoenix Cardinals[W] and New Orleans Saints[X]
27 Todd Kelly DT Tennessee
1994 7 Bryant Young DT Notre Dame Pick received from San Diego Chargers[Y] and used to move up draft order in trade with Los Angeles Rams[Z]
28 William Floyd RB Florida State Moved down draft order in trade with Dallas Cowboys[AA]
1995 10 J. J. Stokes WR UCLA Moved up draft order in trade with Cleveland Browns[AB]
1996 No pick Pick traded to Cleveland Browns[AB]
1997 26 Jim Druckenmiller QB Virginia Tech
1998 28 R. W. McQuarters CB Oklahoma State
1999 24 Reggie McGrew DT Florida Moved up draft order in trade with Miami Dolphins[AC]
2000 16 Julian Peterson LB Michigan State Moved down draft order in trade with Washington Redskins[AD] and New York Jets[AE]
24 Ahmed Plummer CB Ohio State Pick received from Washington Redskins[AD]
2001 7 Andre Carter DE California Moved up draft order in trade with Seattle Seahawks[AF]
2002 27 Mike Rumph CB Miami (FL)
2003 26 Kwame Harris T Stanford
2004 31 Rashaun Woods WR Oklahoma State Moved down draft order in trades with Philadelphia Eagles[AG] and Carolina Panthers[AH]
2005 1 Alex Smith* QB Utah
2006 6 Vernon Davis TE Maryland
22 Manny Lawson LB North Carolina State Moved up draft order in trade with Denver Broncos[AI]
2007 11 Patrick Willis LB Ole Miss
28 Joe Staley T Central Michigan Pick received from New England Patriots[AJ]
2008 29 Kentwan Balmer DT North Carolina Original pick traded to New England Patriots.[AJ] Moved up draft order in trade with Indianapolis Colts.[AK]
2009 10 Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
2010 11 Anthony Davis T Rutgers Moved up draft order in trade with Denver Broncos[AL]
17 Mike Iupati G Idaho Pick received from Carolina Panthers[AM]
2011 7 Aldon Smith LB Missouri
2012 30 A. J. Jenkins WR Illinois
2013 18 Eric Reid S LSU Moved up draft order in trade with Dallas Cowboys[AN]
2014 30 Jimmie Ward S Northern Illinois
2015 17 Arik Armstead DE Oregon Moved down draft order in trade with San Diego Chargers[AO]
2016 7 DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
28 Joshua Garnett G Stanford Moved up draft order in trade with Kansas City Chiefs[AP]
2017 3 Solomon Thomas DE Stanford Moved down draft order in trade with Chicago Bears[AQ]
31 Reuben Foster LB Alabama Moved up draft order in trade with Seattle Seahawks[AR]
2018 9 Mike McGlinchey T Notre Dame
2019 2 Nick Bosa DE Ohio State
2020 14 Javon Kinlaw DT South Carolina Pick received from Indianapolis Colts.[AS] Moved down draft order in trade with Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[AT]
25 Brandon Aiyuk WR Arizona State Moved up draft order in trade with Minnesota Vikings[AU]
2021 3 Trey Lance QB North Dakota State Moved up draft order in trade with Miami Dolphins[AV]
2022 No pick Pick traded to Miami Dolphins[AV]
2023 No pick Pick traded to Miami Dolphins[AV]
2024 31 Ricky Pearsall WR Florida

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b San Francisco traded quarterback Earl Morrall and guard Mike Sandusky to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for their 1958 first-round selection (No. 8 overall), 1959 first-round selection (No. 8 overall), and linebacker Marv Matuszak.[28][29][30]
  2. ^ San Francisco traded defensive back Dicky Moegle to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for their 1961 first-round selection (No. 6 overall).[31]
  3. ^ San Francisco traded tight end Dee Mackey to the Baltimore Colts in exchange for their 1961 first-round selection (No. 11 overall).[31]
  4. ^ San Francisco traded guard Ted Connolly to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for their 1965 first-round selection (No. 13 overall).[32]
  5. ^ San Francisco traded receiver Bernie Casey, defensive lineman Jim Wilson, and defensive end Jim Norton to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for their 1967 first-round selection (No. 3 overall).[33]
  6. ^ San Francisco received Kevin Hardy and New Orleans Saints' 1969 first-round selection (No. 7 overall) as compensation for the Saints' signing of receiver Dave Parks in the days prior to unrestricted free agency.[34][35]
  7. ^ San Francisco traded offensive tackle Walt Rock to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 1970 first-round selection (No. 17 overall).[36]
  8. ^ San Francisco traded tight end Bob Windsor to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 1974 first-round selection (No. 9 overall).[37]
  9. ^ a b San Francisco traded running back Vic Washington to the Houston Oilers in exchange for their 1976 first-round selection (No. 21 overall) and 1977 third-round selection (No. 65 overall).[38][39]
  10. ^ a b San Francisco traded their two 1976 first-round selections (Nos. 12 and 21, received from Houston Oilers)[I] their 1977 first- and second-round selections (Nos. 16 and 44 overall), and quarterback Tom Owen to the New England Patriots for quarterback Jim Plunkett.[40][41][42]
  11. ^ San Francisco traded running back Delvin Williams to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their 1978 first- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 24 and 133 overall), defensive back Vern Roberson, and wide receiver Freddie Solomon.[43][44]
  12. ^ San Francisco traded their 1978 second- and third-round selections (Nos. 38 and 65 overall), 1979 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 1 and 83 overall), and 1980 second-round selection (No. 29 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for running back O. J. Simpson.[45][40]
  13. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 1980 first-round selection (No. 2 overall) to the New York Jets in exchange for their two 1980 first-round selections (Nos. 13 and 20 overall).[1]
  14. ^ San Francisco traded their 1982 first-, fourth-, and two second-round selections (Nos. 27, 42, 55, and 111 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 1982 second-round selection (No. 29 overall) and tight end Russ Francis.[46][47]
  15. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 1983 second-round selection (No. 36 overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for defensive end Fred Dean and the option to swap 1983 first-round selections.[48] San Diego went on to exercise this option, forcing San Francisco to trade their 1983 first-round selection (No. 5 overall) to San Diego in exchange for their 1983 first-round selection (No. 22 overall).[49]
  16. ^ San Francisco traded a 1983 first-round selection (No. 22 overall, received from San Diego Chargers)[O] to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for their two 1983 second-round selections (Nos. 36 and 49 overall).[49][50]
  17. ^ San Francisco traded their 1985 first-, second-, and third-round selections (Nos. 28, 56, and 84 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 1985 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 16 and 75 overall).[1]
  18. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 1986 first-round selection (No. 18 overall) to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for their 1986 first- and sixth-round selections (Nos. 20 and 131 overall).[51][52]
  19. ^ San Francisco traded a 1986 first-round selection (No. 20 overall, received from Dallas Cowboys)[R] and 1987 tenth-round selection (No. 273 overall) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for their 1986 second- and third-round selections (Nos. 29 and 56 overall).[53][52][54]
  20. ^ San Francisco traded their 1986 second-round selection (No. 45 overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 1986 tenth-round selection (No. 270 overall) and 1987 first-round selection (No. 25 overall).[55][54]
  21. ^ San Francisco traded their 1988 first-round selection (No. 26 overall) to the Los Angeles Raiders in exchange for their 1988 second- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 33 and 102 overall) and wide receiver Dokie Williams.[56]
  22. ^ a b San Francisco traded quarterback Joe Montana, safety David Whitmore, and a 1994 third-round selection (No. 92 overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for their 1993 first-round selection (No. 18 overall).[57][58]
  23. ^ a b San Francisco traded a 1993 first-round selection (No. 18 overall, received from Kansas City Chiefs)[V] to the Phoenix Cardinals in exchange for their 1993 first- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 20 and 116 overall).[59]
  24. ^ San Francisco traded a 1993 first-round selection (No. 20 overall, received from Phoenix Cardinals)[W] to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for their 1993 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 26 and 81 overall).[59]
  25. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 1993 second-round selection (No. 41 overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for their 1994 first-round selection (No. 15 overall).[50]
  26. ^ San Francisco traded their 1994 first-, second, and third round selections (Nos. 15, received from San Diego Chargers, 56, and 100 overall)[Y] to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for their 1994 first-round selection (No. 7 overall).[60]
  27. ^ San Francisco traded their 1994 first- and seventh-round selections (Nos. 23 and 217 overall) to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for their 1994 first- and second-round selections. (Nos. 28 and 62 overall).[61]
  28. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 1995 first-, third, and fourth-round selections (Nos. 30, 94, and 119 overall) and 1996 first-round selection (No. 26 overall) to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for their 1995 first-round selection (No. 10 overall).[62]
  29. ^ San Francisco traded their 1999 first- and fifth-round selections (Nos. 27 and 134 overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their 1999 first-round selection (No. 24 overall).[63]
  30. ^ a b c San Francisco traded their 2000 first-round selection (No. 3 overall) to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their two 2000 first-round selections (Nos. 12 and 24 overall).[64]
  31. ^ San Francisco traded a 2000 first-round selection (No. 12 overall, received from Washington Redskins)[AD] to the New York Jets in exchange for their 2000 first- and second-round selections (Nos. 16 and 48 overall).[64]
  32. ^ San Francisco traded their 2001 first- third- and seventh- round selections (Nos. 9, 82, and 222 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their 2001 first- and sixth-round selections (Nos. 7 and 191 overall).[65]
  33. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 2004 first-round selection (No. 16 overall) to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for their 2004 first- and second-round selections (Nos. 28 and 58 overall).[66]
  34. ^ San Francisco traded a first-round selection (No. 28 overall, received from Philadelphia Eagles)[AG] to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their 2004 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 31 and 127 overall).[66]
  35. ^ San Francisco traded their 2006 second- and third-round selections (Nos. 37 and 68 overall) to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their 2006 first-round selection (No. 22 overall).[67]
  36. ^ a b San Francisco traded their 2007 fourth-round selection (No. 110 overall) and 2008 first-round selection (No. 7 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for their 2007 first-round selection (No. 28 overall).[67]
  37. ^ San Francisco traded their 2007 second-round selection (No. 42 overall) to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for their 2007 fourth-round selection (No. 126 overall) and 2008 first-round selection (No. 29 overall).[68]
  38. ^ San Francisco traded their 2010 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 13 and 113 overall) to the Denver Broncos in exchange for their 2010 first-round selection (No. 11 overall).[69]
  39. ^ San Francisco traded their 2009 second- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 43 and 111 overall) to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for their 2010 first-round selection (No. 17 overall).[69]
  40. ^ San Francisco traded their 2013 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 31 and 74 overall) to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for their 2013 first-round selection (No. 18 overall).[70]
  41. ^ San Francisco traded their 2015 first-round selection (No. 15 overall) to the San Diego Chargers in exchange for their 2015 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 17 and 117 overall) and 2016 fifth-round selection (No. 142 overall).[71]
  42. ^ San Francisco traded their 2016 second-, fourth-, and sixth-round selections (Nos. 37, 105, and 178 overall) to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for their 2016 first-round selection (No. 28 overall).[72]
  43. ^ San Francisco traded their 2017 first-round selection (No. 2 overall) to the Chicago Bears in exchange for their 2017 first-, third-, and fourth-round selections (Nos. 3, 67, and 111 overall) and 2018 third-round selection (No. 70 overall).[73]
  44. ^ San Francisco traded their 2017 second- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 34 and 111 overall) to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for their 2017 first-round selection (No. 31 overall).[73]
  45. ^ San Francisco traded defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for their 2020 first-round selection (No. 13 overall).[74]
  46. ^ San Francisco traded their 2020 first- and seventh-round selections (Nos. 13 and 245 overall) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their 2020 first- and fourth-round selections (Nos. 14 and 117 overall).[74]
  47. ^ San Francisco traded their 2020 first-, fourth-, and fifth-round selections (Nos. 31, 117, and 176 overall) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their 2020 first-round selection (No. 24 overall).[74]
  48. ^ a b c San Francisco traded their 2021 first-round selection (No. 12 overall), 2022 first- and third-round selections (Nos. 29 and 102 overall), and 2023 first-round selection (No. 29 overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their 2021 first-round selection (No. 3 overall).[75]

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