Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" This Tuesday: Who was the 49ers' first-ever draft pick?
You know all about the best NFL draft picks in 49ers' franchise history.
Joe Montana. Jerry Rice. Terrell Owens. Ronnie Lott. George Kittle.
But do you know who the the 49ers selected with their first-ever draft pick back in 1950? Very few do, but NBC Sports Bay Area is here to fill in the blanks.
With the No. 11 overall pick in the 1950 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected defensive tackle Leo Nomellini from the University of Minnesota.
Nomellini isn't a household name among 49ers fans, but he spent his entire 14-year NFL career in San Francisco, earned 10 trips to the Pro Bowl, was named to six All-Pro teams, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
To learn more about who Leo Nomellini was, watch the latest "Ever Wonder" video at the top of this article.
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