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Niners draft history- 1971


With the 23rd pick in the 1971 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected William Tim Anderson, defensive back, out of Ohio State University. The West Virginia native would only play for San Francisco in the 1975 season. In his lone season in San Francisco, Anderson started 2 of 12 games. The following season, Anderson would move back out East and play sparingly for the Buffalo Bills. He retired from football after playing a total of 15 games in 2 seasons. It is evident that William Tim Anderson was a bust. The 49ers missed on this pick by a long shot. As to why Anderson did not play right away for San Francisco is unknown to me.  The 49ers had picked Bruce Taylor, another defensive back, the year earlier in the first round. The reason why they may have picked Anderson was to shore up their defensive back unit. The 49ers’ opponents in 1970 passed for an average of 284 yards. Nonetheless, Anderson would not be of any help to the team. Perhaps the 49ers should have selected Mike Wagner, out of Western Illinois. Wagner would go on to be a two-time Pro-Bowler (1975-Anderson’s only season with Niners, 1976), and win four Super Bowls after being drafted in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anderson’s fellow defensive back in college, Jack Tatum, was selected 5 slots earlier by the Oakland Raiders.

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