No. 3: Dwight Clark
No. 249 Overall, 1979 NFL Draft
Either way, Clark lands on plenty of Niners-best lists, including the one ranking out the best drafted in franchise history. Most will know the former Clemson Tiger for “The Catch” in the 1982 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, of course, as well as his noble battle with ALS, which ultimately claimed his life.
But beyond the famous play and inspiring story, it’s impressive to note Clark actually lands third all time on the 49ers list of total receiving yards (6,750) despite being a 10th-round NFL Draft pick.
In fact, Clark wasn’t even on head coach Bill Walsh’s radar before the 1979 NFL Draft.
Well, needless to say, Clark made an impression on the Hall of Fame coach.
The rest isn’t just 49ers history, its franchise lore. And deservedly so.