DE Justin Smith (Cincinnati)
WR Isaac Bruce (St. Louis)
RB DeShaun Foster (Carolina)
WR Bryant Johnson (Arizona)
QB J.T. O'Sullivan (Detroit)
CB Allen Rossum (Pittsburgh)
LB Dontarrious Thomas (Minnesota)
WR Darrell Jackson (Denver)
DE Marques Douglas (Tampa Bay)
OT Kwame Harris (Oakland)
RB Maurice Hicks (Minnesota)
OG Justin Smiley (Miami)
LB Derek Smith (San Diego)
QB Trent Dilfer (Retired)
1 (29) Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
2 (39) Chilo Rachal, OG, USC
3 (75) Reggie Smith, CB, Oklahoma
4 (107) Cody Wallace, C, Texas A&M
6 (174) Josh Morgan, WR, Virginia Tech
7 (214) Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State
49ers Fillability Overview
San Francisco deserves some credit for recognizing that its greatest weakness in 2007 was in its passing game – the 49ers were dead last in the NFL last year with just 4.08 Passing Yards Per Attempt.
To put that dreadful passing "attack" into perspective, consider that:
- It was nearly 1 full yard per attempt worse than the No. 31 team in the NFL last year (Miami, 5.05 Passing Yards Per Attempt)
- About half the teams in the league averaged more yards per attempt running the ball.
Clearly, this is a team that needs help in the passing game. And, as we said, the 49ers recognized this need: they grabbed receivers such as Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson in free agency.
There's only one problem: the 49ers have nobody to get the ball to these guys. Hell, even if the 49ers enlisted the aid of Mr. Peabody's Way-Back machine and fielded the 1942 version of Don Hutson and Jerry Rice circa 1995, it's unlikely the passing game would improve greatly with J.T. O'Sullivan at the helm.
When the 49ers failed to take a quarterback in the draft this year, we made the same assumption as everyone else: they're still committed to Alex Smith, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft.
Well, we all know what happens when you assume.
In other words, the greatest move the 49ers made to improve the worst passing game in football last year (and one of the worst passing games in modern NFL history), was to pick up O'Sullivan, a free agent quarterback who's now with his seventh team in seven seasons.
And the worst part? The 49ers last year had a serviceable defensive line (16th in our Defensive Hog Index) and a dreadful offensive line (27th in our Offensive Hog Index). So how did they address this problem in the trenches?
That's right. The 49ers spent their first draft pick on a defensive lineman, instead of an offensive lineman.
If Eddie DeBartolo Jr. were dead, he'd be rolling over in his grave.
Only the acquisitions of Bruce and Johnson prevent this off-season from being a 1906 earthquake-type disaster for San Francisco.
San Francisco Fillability Grade: D-