The NFL draft is the time when teams have the opportunity to find their next superstar. Having a great draft propels a team closer to championship glory, whilst a bad draft can leave your franchise in tatters. The San Francisco 49ers can be seen as draft day experts, having drafted arguably the two greatest players in NFL history. Those two players are of course Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. However even experts make mistakes, this article takes a look at the five worst draft picks in 49ers history which left fans wondering why and coaches wishing they could have that pick back.
No. 5: Glen Coffee – 2009 – 74th Pick.
The Alabama running back was a third round choice brought in to ease the workload of veteran running back Frank Gore. Coffee’s career failed to get going, in a disappointing rookie season Coffee carried the ball 83 times for 226 yards. Those woeful numbers meant Coffee had a mind-bogglingly low 2.7 yards per carry average. The following season Coffee retired stating that God had other plans for him. He now serves proudly in the United States Army.
No. 4: Mike Rumph – 2002 – 27th Pick.
At his best Rumph was inconsistent and at his worst he was woeful. The first round cornerback struggled to adjust to life in pro football. His struggles in man to man coverage meant the 49ers coaching staff moved him to safety. Rumph never really got an opportunity to adjust to playing safety as a run of injuries meant his playing time was limited to just five games over the next two seasons. He was traded to the Washington Redskins only to be cut before the seasons end. He would have one last chance to prove himself with the St Louis Rams but was cut before the season began.
No 3: Gio Carmazzi- 2000 – 65th Pick.
Following in the footsteps of hall of fame quarterbacks Joe Montana and Steve Young makes the task of being an NFL quarterback even more daunting. Carmazzi was a surprise third round pick out of Hofstra University, a programme not known for producing NFL calibre quarterbacks. Carmazzi’s pro career never got started; in his time with the 49ers he never took a snap. To make matters worse the 49ers seventh round pick, Tim Rattay, went on to start 16 times. To rub salt into the wounds the 49ers passed on Tom Brady. Whoops!
No 2: Israel Ifeanyi- 1996 – 46th Pick.
The 49ers were in desperate need of a pass rush going into the 1996 draft and by their own admission took a risk with the USC defensive end. An unknown too many fans Ifeanyi was a work in progress who failed to develop. Showing poor footballing instincts Ifeanyi’s 49ers career lasted just three games in which he failed to register a tackle.
No 1: Rashaun Woods – 2004- 31st Pick.
By far the worst pick in 49ers history is Oklahoma State wide receiver Rashaun Woods. The 49ers hoped that Woods would fill the void left by the departing Terrell Owens. Instead Woods turned out to be a massive flop. His rookie campaign was a disaster, criticised for a poor work ethic Woods caught just 7 passes for 160 yards. Things failed to get better in the following year as he spent the season on injured reserve. In 2006 he was traded to the San Diego Chargers but failed to resister a single catch.