Back on April 25-26 of last year, the San Francisco 49ers selected 7 players in the 2009 draft. They started things off by having the talented WR Michael Crabtree fall to them at number 10. The team topped things off by selecting DT Ricky Jean-François out of LSU with the 244th pick overall in the 7th round. Over the course of the season, they had two rookie free agents (RFA) play for them; LB Diyral Briggs and FB Brit Miller. Here is a look on how their picks fared during 2009:
Rd 1 Pick 10 (10): Michael Crabtree, WR. Texas Tech. The other team in the Bay Area (Oakland Raiders) shocked all NFL followers when they passed up on the decorated college wide receiver and opted to select Darius Heyward-Bey out of Maryland. Rumour had it that Al Davis preferred Heyward-Bey because of his 40 speed. Crabtree did not run the 40-yard dash and that prevented him from being selected by the Raiders. The 49ers capitalized on the Raiders’ mistake. In the 11 games he played this past season, he amassed 48 receptions for 625 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those numbers would have been higher had he not missed training camp, and played a full season. Meanwhile, Heyward-Bey finished the season with 9 receptions for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Grade: B/B-
Rd 3 Pick 10 (74): Glen Coffee, RB. Alabama. Coffee started 2 games and missed all but one game. He record 226 yards on 83 attempts and his lone touchdown came in the game against the Atlanta Falcons. Coffee also had 11 receptions for 76 yards. Expectations were relatively high from the 49ers faithful as Coffee had an impressive preseason. Look for Coffee to have more of an impact next season with the 49ers. Grade: D+
Rd 5 Pick 10 (146): Scott McKillop, LB. Pittsburgh. The second string MLB registered 19 tackles this season; with a career high 4 tackles in the Week 7 loss to Houston. On Special Teams, he recorded a team-leading 31 tackles and even scored a touchdown on a muffed punt against the Rams. Grade: C/C-
Rd 5 Pick 35 (171): Nate Davis, QB. Ball State. Quarterback Nate Davis, was slotted at third-string quarterback behind Alex Smith, and Shaun Hill. He saw no game action this past season and it will be interesting to see what the 49ers do with this offseason and perhaps next season especially if Shaun Hill comes back. Davis, however, led the 49ers in passing yards in their four preseason games. Here is thinking that Davis will be the second-string quarterback for the 49ers in the 2010 season. Grade: Incomplete
Rd 6 Pick 11 (184): Bear Pascoe, TE. Fresno State. The tight end from Porterville, California never made it on the 49ers’ active roster. He is currently with the New York Giants and was promoted to their active roster on December 4th, 2009. Grade: F/Incomplete
Rd 7 Pick 10 (219): Curtis Taylor, S. Louisiana State. The LSU product recorded 4 tackles in 7 games this past season. He was placed on Injured Reserve on December 1st with a hip strain injury. Stay tuned for more info on the 6’2”, 208 pound safety. Grade: F/Incomplete
Rd 7 Pick 35 (244): Ricky Jean-François, DT. Louisiana State. “The Freak” made three appearances during the last stretch of the season against Philadelphia, Detroit, and St. Louis. He however did not record any stats. Drafted as a DT, he became the third string DE on the left side behind Isaac Sopoaga, and Kentwan Balmer. Stay tuned for more info on Ricky. Grade: F/Incomplete
RFA: Diyral Briggs, LB. Bowling Green. Signed from the practice squad on October 27th. In three games, he recorded 2 tackles.
RFA: Britt Miller, FB. Illinois. The 6’3”, 247 pounds FB registered 4 tackles in 5 games on Special Teams situations.