49ers' 10 best late-round NFL draft picks since 2000
10. LB Dre Greenlaw -- 2019 fifth-round draft pick (No. 148 overall)
We might be premature in putting Greenlaw on this list, but based on what he showed last season, the 49ers appear to have found a keeper in the fifth round last year.
Greenlaw's NFC West-clinching tackle in Week 17 in Seattle alone should be enough to warrant being on this list.
9. RT Trent Brown -- 2015 seventh-round draft pick (No. 244 overall)
A mountain of a man, Brown never reached his potential with the 49ers.
But since leaving San Francisco, he's gone on to earn a $66 million contract with the Raiders and made a Pro Bowl last season. That's enough for us to put this seventh-round pick on the list.
8. C Daniel Kilgore -- 2011 fifth-round draft pick (No. 163 overall)
Kilgore isn't a sexy pick, but he was a dependable player for the 49ers for seven seasons.
In 2017, Kilgore's final season with the 49ers, he played 100 percent of the team's offensive snaps. Yes, he played all 1,099 snaps. That's pretty darn impressive.
7. TE Eric Johnson -- 2001 seventh-round draft pick (No. 224 overall)
Johnson only played four seasons with the 49ers, but in one of those seasons, he was the team's leading receiver.
In 2004, Johnson led San Francisco with 117 targets, 82 receptions and 825 receiving yards. Cedrick Wilson was the next closest in terms of receptions and receiving yards at 47 and 641, respectively.
The 49ers were really bad that year, but if you're a seventh-round pick and you lead an NFL team in the categories mentioned above, you deserve some love.
6. DE Parys Haralson -- 2006 fifth-round draft pick (No. 140 overall)
Haralson racked up 28 sacks in 86 games for the 49ers over seven seasons.
5. G/C Eric Heitmann -- 2002 seventh-round draft pick (No. 239 overall)
Why is Eric Heitmann on this list and why is he this high?
Because he played in 119 games over an eight-year career and started 114 of those games.
That's incredible value for the 239th pick in the draft.
4. LS Brian Jennings -- 2000 seventh-round draft pick (No. 230 overall)
The same can be said for Jennings, who filled the role of long snapper for the 49ers for 13 seasons.
He played all 208 games in his career and even earned two Pro Bowl selections.
Again, that's great value for the 49ers.
3. TE Delanie Walker -- 2006 sixth-round draft pick (No. 175 overall)
Walker didn't become a star until he left the 49ers, but he still contributed seven productive seasons in San Francisco.
He finished his 49ers tenure with 123 receptions for 1,465 yards and eight touchdowns.
2. P Andy Lee -- 2004 sixth-round draft pick (No. 188 overall)
Yes, a punter comes in at No. 2.
Lee went to three Pro Bowls and earned three First-Team All-Pro selections during his 11 seasons with the 49ers.
Punters are people, and they can be great draft picks, too.
1. TE George Kittle -- 2017 fifth-round draft pick (No. 146 overall)
This was an easy selection. Kittle only has played three seasons, but he has established himself as one of the best tight ends in football.
Kittle broke records in 2018 and then earned his first All-Pro selection this past season. He's a two-time Pro Bowler.
Kittle is the face of the 49ers and is set for a record payday. He could go down as one of the best draft picks in the history of the franchise, no matter the round.