NFL draft busts: Ranking 49ers' biggest misfires of last 20 years
Bear with me, 49ers fans. This is your last reminder that this list only consists of players chosen in either the first or second round. Here are honorable mention busts from those rounds since 2000.
2001: Jamie Winborn
2003: Kwame Harris
2004: Mike Rumph
2008: Chilo Rachal
2010: Taylor Mays
2012: LaMichael James
2013: Tank Carradine
2017: Reuben Foster
5. Joshua Garnett, No. 28, 2016
Garnett became the first freshman to start on Stanford's offensive line since 2000, and then won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman when he was a senior. That talent has not translated to the NFL.
The Stanford product was part of Trent Baalke's last draft as the 49ers' GM. Garnett played in 15 games a rookie, and only played five more after that. He was cut before the 2019 season and now is a member of the Detroit Lions.
4. Kentwan Balmer, No. 29, 2008
Balmer recorded a whopping zero sacks in his five-year NFL career. The former UNC star also only recorded two QB hits and five tackles for loss in his career. He only lasted two seasons in San Francisco.
Calais Campbell went 22 picks later to the Arizona Cardinals. He still is playing, is a five-time Pro Bowler and has 88 career sacks. Yeah, the 49ers could have used that.
3. Rashaun Woods, No. 31, 2004
Here's Woods' career stat line: 14 games, seven catches, 160 yards, one touchdown. Total seasons: One.
There weren't many great receivers left, but pretty much anyone else would have been better than Woods
2. Solomon Thomas, No. 3, 2017
It's probably unfair to already have Thomas this high, but where he was selected and who the 49ers could have had doesn't help him. And no, don't yell at me for not having Alex Smith on here with my reasoning.
The 49ers passed on making Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes their new franchise quarterback. On defense, they also could have chosen a game-changer like Jamal Adams.
Thomas only has six sacks in his first three years. There still is plenty of hope he can quickly get off this list and make his naysayers look like fools.
1. A.J. Jenkins, No. 30, 2012
And finally, Jenkins' stats with the 49ers: 3 games, zero catches, zero yards and zero touchdowns. Not great, Bob.
Jenkins only lasted one year in San Francisco and played two more in Kansas City where he also never found the end zone. Receivers like Brian Quick, Alshon Jeffery, Rueben Randle, Mohamed Sanu, T.Y. Hilton and Marvin Jones all were drafted after Jenkins.