No. 1: The 49ers’ Entire 2012 NFL Draft
It’s too easy to say wide receiver A.J. Jenkins was the 49ers’ worst draft pick of the decade. But to stop there would give the other six draftees an underserved amount of credit.
Jenkins was the 49ers’ first pick in the 2012 draft, and his career with the team lasted just one season that saw him total zero catches on one target, a ball he dropped.
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He might go down as one of the Niners’ worst draft picks of all time.
The remainder of 2012 draft class was not much better. The 49ers got a total of four starts out of the entire class. Running back LaMichael James, who was a collegiate star at Oregon, saw the vast majority of his time on special teams before getting disgruntled with his role. Using their third pick, the 49ers picked up guard Joe Looney. Looney spent four years with the 49ers and counted for all four starts of the 2012 class.
Those starts didn’t even come until his final season with the 49ers. And the fact Looney is the sole player remaining in the NFL out of this class in 2019 says something about just how bad San Francisco’s haul was.
We should all do ourselves a favor and just forget this draft class as a whole.
After a decade of bad draft picks, we can all sleep well knowing that there will certainly be more poor draft picks in the next few decades to come. We weathered this storm, and we will weather the next storms to come. Happy New Year and Happy new decade, Faithful.