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Jerry Rice, the 49ers' sixteenth overall selection in the first round of the 1985 draft.

The San Francisco 49ers entered professional football in 1946 as a member of the All-America Football Conference. The team joined the NFL along with the Cleveland Browns and the original Baltimore Colts in 1950. The 49ers' first draft selection in the NFL was Leo Nomellini, a defensive tackle from the University of Minnesota; the team's most recent pick was A. J. Jenkins, a wide receiver from the University of Illinois at number 30.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The 49ers have selected the number one overall pick three times: Harry Babcock in 1953, Dave Parks in 1964, and most recently Alex Smith in 2005. In the first three years as an NFL team, the 49ers picked three consecutive future Hall of Famers in the first round: Leo Nomellini, Y.A. Tittle, and Hugh McElhenny; since then, the team has picked four more future Hall of Famers in the first round (Jimmy Johnson, Lance Alworth, Ronnie Lott and Jerry Rice), making it seven in total.


RB Running back FB Fullback
HB Halfback QB Quarterback
DE Defensive end C Center
LB Linebacker T or OT Offensive tackle
TE Tight end DB Defensive back
WR Wide receiver DT Defensive tackle
S Safety CB Cornerback

Player selections

Steve Spurrier is the only Heisman Trophy winner to ever be drafted in the first round by the 49ers.

Drafted in 2007, Patrick Willis was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Selected number one overall Enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Draft Player name Position College Notes
Year Pick
Early Era (1920–1959)
1950 11 Leo Nomellini DT University of Minnesota
1951 3 Y.A. Tittle QB Louisiana State University
1952 3 Hugh McElhenny HB University of Washington
1953 1 Harry Babcock TE University of Georgia
10 Tom Stolhandske TE University of Texas at Austin
1954 11 Bernie Faloney QB University of Maryland, College Park
1955 10 Dickey Maegle HB Rice University
1956 2 Earl Morrall QB Michigan State University
1957 3 John Brodie QB Stanford University
1958 8 Jim Pace HB University of Michigan [1]
9 Charlie Krueger DT Texas A&M University
1959 5 Dave Baker QB University of Oklahoma [1]
8 Dan James C Ohio State University [1]
AFL and NFL Era (1960–1966)
1960 11 Monty Stickles TE University of Notre Dame
1961 6 Jimmy Johnson CB University of California, Los Angeles [1]
9 Bernie Casey WR Bowling Green State University
11 Billy Kilmer QB University of California, Los Angeles [2]
1962 8 Lance Alworth WR University of Arkansas
1963 8 Kermit Alexander DB University of California, Los Angeles
1964 1 Dave Parks WR Texas Tech University
1965 2 Ken Willard FB University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
13 George Donnelly DB University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [3]
1966 11 Stan Hindman OT University of Mississippi
Common Draft (1967–1969)
1967 3 Steve Spurrier QB University of Florida [4][5]
11 Cas Banaszek TE Northwestern University
1968 15 Forest Blue C Auburn University
1969 7 Ted Kwalick TE Pennsylvania State University [6]
16 Gene Washington WR Stanford University
Modern Era (1970–present)
1970 9 Cedric Hardman DE University of North Texas
17 Bruce Taylor DB Boston University [7]
1971 23 William Tim Anderson DB Ohio State University
1972 19 Terry Beasley WR Auburn University
1973 18 Mike Holmes DB Texas Southern University
1974 9 Wilbur Jackson RB University of Alabama [8]
10 Bill Sandifer DT University of California, Los Angeles
1975 10 Jimmy Webb DT Mississippi State University
1976 No draft pick [9]
1978 7 Ken MacAfee TE University of Notre Dame
24 Dan Bunz LB California State University, Long Beach
1979 No draft pick [10]
1980 13 Earl Cooper RB Rice University [11]
20 Jim Stuckey DT Clemson University
1981 8 Ronnie Lott DB University of Southern California
1982 No draft pick [12]
1983 No draft pick [13]
1984 24 Todd Shell LB Brigham Young University
1985 16 Jerry Rice WR Mississippi Valley State University [14]
1986 No draft pick [15]
1987 22 Harris Barton OT University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
25 Terrence Flagler RB Clemson University [7]
1988 No draft pick [16]
1989 28 Keith DeLong LB University of Tennessee
1990 25 Dexter Carter RB Florida State University
1991 25 Ted Washington DT University of Louisville
1992 18 Dana Hall DB University of Washington
1993 26 Dana Stubblefield DT University of Kansas [17]
27 Todd Kelly DT University of Tennessee
1994 7 Bryant Young DT University of Notre Dame
28 William Floyd RB Florida State University [18]
1995 10 J. J. Stokes WR University of California, Los Angeles [19]
1996 No draft pick [20]
1997 26 Jim Druckenmiller QB Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
1998 28 R.W. McQuarters CB Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
1999 24 Reggie McGrew DT University of Florida [21]
2000 16 Julian Peterson LB Michigan State University [22]
24 Ahmed Plummer CB Ohio State University
2001 7 Andre Carter DE University of California, Berkeley [23]
2002 27 Mike Rumph CB University of Miami
2003 26 Kwame Harris OT Stanford University
2004 31 Rashaun Woods WR Oklahoma State University–Stillwater [24]
2005 1 Alex Smith QB University of Utah
2006 6 Vernon Davis TE University of Maryland, College Park
22 Manny Lawson LB North Carolina State University [25]
2007 11 Patrick Willis LB University of Mississippi
28 Joe Staley OT Central Michigan University [26]
2008 29 Kentwan Balmer DT University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [27]
2009 10 Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech University
2010 11 Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
17 Mike Iupati G Idaho
2011 7 Aldon Smith LB Missouri
2012 30 A. J. Jenkins WR Illinois


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Pick acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  2. Pick acquired from the Baltimore Colts.
  3. Pick acquired from the Cleveland Browns.
  4. Steve Spurrier, 1966 Heisman Trophy winner."Heisman Trophy". Retrieved January 27, 2009.[dead link]
  5. Pick acquired from the Atlanta Falcons.
  6. Pick acquired from the New Orleans Saints.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Pick acquired from the Washington Redskins
  8. Pick acquired from the New England Patriots
  9. The 49ers traded their 1976 1st-round pick, their Houston Oilers 1976 1st-round pick, their 1977 1st- and 2nd-round picks, and quarterback Tom Owen to the New England Patriots for Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. Workman Publishing Co. NY. p. 257. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2.
  10. The 49ers traded their 1978 2nd- and 3rd-round picks and their 1979 1st- and 4th-round picks to the Buffalo Bills for running back O.J. Simpson.
  11. The 49ers traded their 1980 1st-round pick to the New York Jets for two 1980 1st-round picks.
  12. The 49ers traded their 1982 1st- and two 2nd-round picks to the New England Patriots for their 1982 2nd-round pick and tight end Russ Francis.
  13. The 49ers traded their 1983 2nd-round pick and gave the option to trade their 1983 1st-round picks to the San Diego Chargers for defensive end Fred Dean. Later, the 49ers traded their 1983 1st-round pick to the Chargers for their two 1983 2nd-round picks.
  14. The 49ers traded their 1985 1st- 2nd- and 3rd-round picks to the New England Patriots for their 1985 1st- and 3rd-round picks.
  15. The 49ers traded their 1986 1st- and 5th-round draft pick to the Dallas Cowboys for their 1986 1st-round pick. The 49ers then traded the Cowboys' 1986 1st-round pick to the Buffalo Bills.
  16. The 49ers traded their 1988 1st-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders.
  17. Pick acquired from the New Orleans Saints
  18. The 49ers traded their 1994 1st- and 7th-round picks to the Dallas Cowboys for their 1994 1st- and 2nd-round picks.
  19. Pick acquired from the Atlanta Falcons through the Cleveland Browns.
  20. The 49ers traded their 1995 1st-, 3rd-, and 4th-round draft picks and their 1996 1st-round draft pick to the Baltimore Ravens for their 1995 Atlanta Falcons 1st-round pick and their 1995 1st-round pick.
  21. The 49ers traded their 1999 1st- and 5th-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for their 1999 1st-round pick.
  22. The 49ers traded their 2000 1st-round pick to the Washington Redskins for their two 2000 1st-round picks. The 49ers 12th overall pick was then traded to the New York Jets for their 2000 1st- and 2nd-round picks.
  23. The 49ers traded their 2001 1st- 3rd- and 7th- round picks to the Seattle Seahawks for their 2001 1st- and 6th-round picks.
  24. The 49ers traded their 2004 1st-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for their 2004 1st- and 2nd-round picks. The 49ers then traded their 2004 Eagles 1st-round pick to the Carolina Panthers for their 2004 1st- and 4th-round picks.
  25. The 49ers traded their 2006 2nd- and 3rd-round picks to the Denver Broncos for their 2006 1st-round pick.
  26. The 49ers traded their 2007 4th-round pick and their 2008 1st-round pick to the New England Patriots for their 2007 1st-round pick.
  27. The 49ers traded their 2007 2nd-round pick to the Indianapolis Colts for their 2007 4th-round pick and their 2008 1st-round pick.