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Niners draft history- 1972


With the 19th pick in the 1972 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Terry Beasley, wide receiver, out of Auburn University. Beasley had a successful collegiate career that would not translate to the NFL. Beasley’s career was short. He would play 3 seasons between 1972 and 1975, missing the entire 1973 season. In his 3 years in the league, he amassed 38 receptions for 570 yards and 3 touchdowns. Injuries would force him to retire after the 1975 season. This pick, just like their last first-round draft pick (William Tim Anderson) was a bust. What might pain Niners fan the most is that the Oakland Raiders selected a wide receiver named Cliff Branch, out of Colorado in that same draft, albeit in the 4th round. Branch enjoyed great success with the Raiders totalling 501 receptions for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns being selected to four Pro-Bowls and All-Pro selections along the way, while winning 3 Super Bowls.

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