History of San Francisco 49ers First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

    The San Francisco 49ers' legacy stretches through the ages, and the team's bounty of high-impact first-round picks in the NFL Draft helped forge that legacy.

    Over the years, the San Francisco 49ers have shown off a penchant for finding high-level talent with their first-round picks in the NFL Draft. Here’s a look at the 49ers’ full track record in Round 1. What are some of their most impressive selections to date, and how has their performance aged heading into the modern era?

    San Francisco 49ers First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

    To date, the 49ers have selected eight Hall of Fame players with first-round picks. That list doesn’t even include Joe Montana or Steve Young. Montana was a third-round pick by San Francisco, while Young was acquired through a trade after being selected in Round 1 of the 1984 Supplemental Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Nevertheless, the 49ers’ pool of first-round Hall of Famers is still an impressive one. They boast Jerry Rice, the greatest WR of all time, along with Lance Alworth and Ronnie Lott, among others. The 49ers have been less consistent in the modern era, but Patrick Willis is a Hall of Fame candidate even after a shorter-than-average career. And early in his career, Nick Bosa is on a Hall of Fame trajectory.

    2024

    • Ricky Pearsall | Pick 31
      WR, Florida

    2023

    The 49ers traded their pick to the Miami Dolphins.

    2022

    The 49ers traded their pick to the Miami Dolphins.

    2021

    • Trey Lance | Pick 3
      QB, North Dakota State

    2020

    • Javon Kinlaw | Pick 14
      DT, South Carolina
    • Brandon Aiyuk | Pick 25
      WR, Arizona State

    2019

    • Nick Bosa | Pick 2
      DE, Ohio State

    2018

    • Mike McGlinchey | Pick 9
      OT, Notre Dame

    2017

    • Solomon Thomas | Pick 3
      DE, Stanford
    • Reuben Foster | Pick 31
      LB, Alabama

    2016

    • DeForest Buckner | Pick 7
      DE, Oregon
    • Joshua Garnett | Pick 28
      G, Stanford

    2015

    • Arik Armstead | Pick 17
      DT, Oregon

    2014

    • Jimmie Ward | Pick 30
      DB, Northern Illinois

    2013

    • Eric Reid | Pick 18
      DB, LSU

    2012

    • A.J. Jenkins | Pick 30
      WR, Illinois

    2011

    • Aldon Smith | Pick 7
      DE, Missouri

    2010

    • Anthony Davis | Pick 11
      OT, Rutgers
    • Mike Iupati | Pick 17
      G, Idaho

    2009

    • Michael Crabtree | Pick 10
      WR, Texas Tech

    2008

    • Kentwan Balmer | Pick 29
      DT, North Carolina

    2007

    • Patrick Willis | Pick 11
      LB, Mississippi
    • Joe Staley | Pick 28
      OT, Central Michigan

    2006

    • Vernon Davis | Pick 6
      TE, Maryland
    • Manny Lawson | Pick 22
      DE, North Carolina State

    2005

    • Alex Smith | Pick 1
      QB, Utah

    2004

    • Rashaun Woods | Pick 31
      WR, Oklahoma State

    2003

    • Kwame Harris | Pick 26
      OT, Stanford

    2002

    • Mike Rumph | Pick 27
      DB, Miami (FL)

    2001

    • Andre Carter | Pick 7
      DE, California

    2000

    • Julian Peterson | Pick 16
      LB, Michigan State
    • Ahmed Plummer | Pick 24
      DB, Ohio State

    1999

    • Reggie McGrew | Pick 24
      DT, Florida

    1998

    • R.W. McQuarters | Pick 28
      DB, Oklahoma State

    1997

    • Jim Druckenmiller | Pick 26
      QB, Virginia Tech

    1996

    The 49ers traded their pick to the Baltimore Ravens.

    1995

    • J.J. Stokes | Pick 10
      WR, UCLA

    1994

    • Bryant Young* | Pick 7
      DT, Notre Dame
    • William Floyd | Pick 28
      FB, Florida State

    1993

    • Dana Stubblefield | Pick 26
      DT, Kansas
    • Todd Kelly | Pick 27
      LB, Tennessee

    1992

    • Dana Hall | Pick 18
      DB, Washington

    1991

    • Ted Washington | Pick 25
      NT, Louisville

    1990

    • Dexter Carter | Pick 25
      RB, Florida State

    1989

    • Keith DeLong | Pick 28
      LB, Tennessee

    1988

    The 49ers traded their pick to the Dallas Cowboys.

    1987

    • Harris Barton | Pick 22
      OT, North Carolina
    • Terrence Flagler | Pick 25
      RB, Clemson

    1986

    1985

    • Jerry Rice* | Pick 16
      WR, Mississippi Valley St.

    1984

    • Todd Shell | Pick 24
      LB, BYU

    1983

    The 49ers traded their pick to the San Diego Chargers.

    1982

    The 49ers traded their pick to the New England Patriots.

    1981

    • Ronnie Lott* | Pick 8
      DB, USC

    1980

    • Earl Cooper | Pick 13
      RB, Rice
    • Jim Stuckey | Pick 20
      DE, Clemson

    1979

    The 49ers traded their pick to the Buffalo Bills.

    1978

    • Ken MacAfee | Pick 7
      TE, Notre Dame
    • Dan Bunz | Pick 24
      LB, Long Beach State

    1977

    The 49ers traded their pick to the New England Patriots.

    1976

    The 49ers traded their pick to the New England Patriots.

    1975

    • Jimmy Webb | Pick 10
      DT, Mississippi State

    1974

    • Wilbur Jackson | Pick 9
      RB, Alabama
    • Bill Sandifer | Pick 10
      DT, UCLA

    1973

    • Mike Holmes | Pick 18
      DB, Texas Southern

    1972

    • Terry Beasley | Pick 19
      WR, Auburn

    1971

    • William Anderson | Pick 23
      DB, Ohio State

    1970

    • Cedrick Hardman | Pick 9
      DE, North Texas
    • Bruce Taylor | Pick 17
      DB, Boston University

    1969

    • Ted Kwalick | Pick 7
      TE, Penn State
    • Gene Washington | Pick 16
      WR, Stanford

    1968

    • Forrest Blue | Pick 15
      C, Auburn

    1967

    • Steve Spurrier | Pick 3
      QB, Florida
    • Cas Banaszek | Pick 11
      OT, Northwestern

    1966

    • Stan Hindman | Pick 11
      DE, Mississippi

    1965

    • Ken Willard | Pick 2
      RB, North Carolina
    • George Donnelly | Pick 13
      DB, Illinois

    1964

    • Dave Parks | Pick 1
      WR, Texas Tech

    1963

    • Kermit Alexander | Pick 8
      DB, UCLA

    1962

    • Lance Alworth* | Pick 8
      WR, Arkansas

    1961

    • Jimmy Johnson* | Pick 6
      DB, UCLA
    • Bernie Casey | Pick 9
      HB, Bowling Green
    • Billy Kilmer | Pick 11
      QB, UCLA

    1960

    • Monty Stickles | Pick 11
      TE, Notre Dame

    1959

    • Dave Baker | Pick 5
      DB, Oklahoma
    • Dan James | Pick 8
      OT, Ohio State

    1958

    • James Pace | Pick 8
      HB, Michigan
    • Charlie Krueger | Pick 9
      DT, Texas A&M

    1957

    • John Brodie | Pick 3
      QB, Stanford

    1956

    • Earl Morrall | Pick 2
      QB, Michigan State

    1955

    • Dicky Moegle | Pick 10
      DB, Rice

    1954

    • Bernie Faloney | Pick 11
      QB, Maryland

    1953

    • Harry Babcock | Pick 1
      DE, Georgia
    • Tom Stolhandske | Pick 10
      LB, Texas

    1952

    • Hugh McElhenny* | Pick 9
      HB, Washington

    1951

    • Y.A. Tittle* | Pick 3
      QB, LSU

    1950

    • Leo Nomellini* | Pick 11
      DT, Minnesota

    *Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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