The 2009 49er draft class was severely hurt by a senseless hold out, injury, and dare I say it even a few bad draft picks. This class really ends up being a draft class of back ups. While I was pretty down on this draft a year ago, WR Michael Crabtree might have had a great year had he not held out, and we really can blame that on Al Davis.
A quick look at the 2009 49er draft class:
1.Round One (10)- Michael Crabtree WR
2.Round Three (74)- Glen Coffee RB
3.Round Five (146)- Scott McKillop
4.Round Five (171)- Nate Davis (QB)
5.Round Six (184)- Bear Pascoe TE
6.Round Seven (219)- Curtis Taylor DB
7.Round Seven (244)- Ricky Jean-Francois DT
Ok so Crabtree missed five games in his holdout, and frustration over not being the first WR selected. Coffee played in 14 games but was fairly unproductive. McKillop was a backup who saw action in 15 games. Davis is their third string QB, and will remain there with the pickup of David Carr. Pascoe was cut in the pre-season. Taylor’s season was ended by a hip injury, and Francois played in three games.
Let’s be blunt, that is simply not good enough. This is a team that was partially rebuilding and Head Coach Mike Singletary might have though he could coach some of these guys up, but that did not prove to be the case. If Crabtree becomes a star, this draft class looks a lot better, other wise it is in the bottom of the C range, grade wise.
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