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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- San Francisco 49ers

Updated on May 4, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the San Francisco 49ers.

5. Israel Ifeanyi

The head coach gambled on him and lost.

At USC, Israel Ifeanyi was a force on the defensive line.

Ifeanyi was selected in the second round in 1996. San Francisco had been searching for another elite pass rusher ever since Charles Haley left for Dallas and swung the balance of power in the NFC. Head coach George Seifert thought Ifeanyi was a lucky find in the draft, but the rest of the 49er front office didn't. Turns out the masses were right. He played in just three games in 1996 on special teams and didn't record a single tackle or sack. He was released after his first season and agreed upon an injury settlement.

4. Rashaun Woods

He was a record setting wide out in college, but couldn't get on the field at the pro level.

At Oklahoma State, Rashaun Woods was a superstar for the Cowboys. In his career, he set Big 12 records with 293 receptions for 4,414 yards and 42 touchdowns. Including a seven touchdown performance against SMU.

Woods was selected 31st overall in 2004. San Francisco was in a rebuilding period after Garrison Hearst, Terrell Owens, and Jeff Garcia all jumped ship in free agency and they thought Woods was the ideal playmaker. Woods a disaster. He only caught seven passes in four games he played with San Francisco. He spent the remainder of hit football career playing in NFL Europa.

3. Mike Rumph

Injuries limited his promising career.

At Miami, Mike Rumph was a quiet, yet productive cornerback in his college career. In his Hurricane career, he recorded 117 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 6 interceptions.

Rumph was selected 27th overall in 2002. He was expected to add depth to an inconsistent 49ers secondary. All he added was more inconsistency. His best year was 2003 when he totaled three interceptions and two sacks. Concerned with his struggles in man-to-man coverage, the team moved him to safety in 2004. Too bad San Francisco never found out if the move worked since injuries limited Rumph to just five games in the next two seasons.

2. Giovanni Carmazzi

He was one of the six quarterbacks drafted before a four time Super Bowl champion.

At Hofstra, Giovanni Carmazzi threw for over 9,000 yards and still holds most records for the quarterback position in school history.

Carmazzi was selected in the third round in 2000. He never played a regular season snap for the 49ers. In contrast, the team's seventh round pick from that year, Tim Rattay, made 16 starts over six seasons in San Francisco. While hindsight has never had a need for a pair of glasses, the pick looks even worse when you realize San Francisco passed on Bay Area native, lifelong Niners fan, and future Hall of Famer, Tom Brady.

1. Lance Alworth

He was a Hall of Fame wide receiver... but not with San Francisco.

At Arkansas, Lance Alworth led the nation in punt return yards in 1960 and 1961.

Alworth was selected eighth overall in 1962. The problem is he decided to go play in the AFL when he was drafted by Oakland the same year. If its any consultation to 49er fans, Oakland traded him away to San Diego for three no name players. Alworth went on to be a seven time AFL All Star and All-AFL, the 1963 AFL player of the year, the 1969 AFL MVP, AFL champion, and Super Bowl champion. In 1978, he became the first San Diego Charger and the first player who had played in the AFL to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      I didn't even remember Giovanni.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Coming out of college Woods looked like a real champ, but he never panned out.


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