Is A.J. Jenkins a bust? The 1st round draft pick of the 49ers hasn't caught a single pass this year, which is rather glaring given the injuries the team has suffered at the wide receiver position this season.
But what can history tell us about Jenkins' prospects?
If we look back at other wide receivers previously drafted by the 49ers, those that didn't get off to a hot start rarely became respectable receivers later on in their career.
Below is a table showing rookie year performance by wide receivers drafted by the 49ers over the past 11 years. Some names will obviously stand out, such as Brandon Lloyd, Josh Morgan, and Michael Crabtree, all of whom have emerged as decent wide receivers in the NFL.
Morgan and Lloyd currently play with other teams, while Crabtree still plays for the 49ers and is having a stellar year.
|49er Wide Receiver Draft Picks - Rookie Year Stats|
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Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for most of the other receivers on the draft board above. Players like Derrick Hamilton, Brandon Williams, and Ronald Johnson never caught a pass in the NFL while other players shown above had short-lived careers with sub-par stats.
The most notable 1st round bust shown above is Rashaun Woods, whose rookie year turned out to be his only year in the NFL.
So does all this mean that A.J. Jenkins is a sure-fire bust? Not exactly, but he'll need to turn around his career fast or risk becoming irrelevant.