The 5 Best Draft Picks In San Francisco 49ers History

The 2015 NFL Draft is mere days away, which means it’s time to turn back the clock and take a look at the selections which helped make the San Francisco 49ers the historically relevant franchise they are today. Here’s our list of The 5 Best Draft Picks In San Francisco 49ers History:

5) RB Frank Gore (3rd round pick in 2005)gore

Gore had two reconstructive knee surgeries in college, and that caused him to slip in the draft. Many doubted that Gore would have a long career in the league - including former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan - but he became the leading rusher in franchise history.

4) OT Bob St. Clair (3rd round pick in 1953)bobst-clair-san-francisco-49ers-1950-s-file-photos_pg_600

St. Clair made five Pro Bowls during his 10-year career, but he really made his mark as being one of the most versatile lineman in the game. Perhaps his biggest impact came on special teams, where he had a knack for blocking kicks - he blocked 10 field goals during the 1956 season alone.

3) LB Dave Wilcox (3rd round pick in 1964)

Wilcox is a Hall of Famer who turned out to be one of the best outside linebackers in NFL history, making the Pro Bowl in seven of his 11 seasons. Not bad for a third round pick.

2) WR Jerry Rice (1st round pick in 1985)

Rice was a first round pick (No. 16 overall), but it's a steal anytime you can draft the best receiver in NFL history.

1) QB Joe Montana (3rd round pick in 1979)

Montana is perhaps the best quarterback that has ever played the game. His four Super Bowl championships have only been matched by Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady, but made his mark with his late-game heroics.

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