Founded as a member of the AAFC in 1946. Joined the NFL in 1950 and has never relocated.
League Championships: 5 – 1981 (Super Bowl), 1984 (Super Bowl), 1988 (Super Bowl), 1989 (Super Bowl), 1994 (Super Bowl)
Conference Championships: 5 – 1981 (NFC), 1984 (NFC), 1988 (NFC), 1989 (NFC), 1994 (NFC)
Division Championships: 17 – 1970 (NFC West), 1971 (NFC West), 1972 (NFC West), 1981 (NFC West), 1983 (NFC West), 1984 (NFC West), 1986 (NFC West), 1987 (NFC West), 1988 (NFC West), 1989 (NFC West), 1990 (NFC West), 1992 (NFC West), 1993 (NFC West), 1994 (NFC West), 1995 (NFC West), 1997 (NFC West), 2002 (NFC West)
Playoff Appearances: 23 – 1949, 1957, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002
2005 Finish: 4-12, 4th Place NFC West
2004: 2-14 2005: 4-12 2006: 7-9 2007: 5-11 2008: 7-9 2009: 8-8 2010: 6-10
2011 Draft Grade
San Francisco 49ers (F)
7: Aldon Smith (14, 19 = 17) -10
36: Colin Kaepernick (62, 57 = 60) -24
80: Chris Culliver (136, 102 = 119) -39
115: Kendall Hunter (83, 74 = 79) +36
163: Daniel Kilgore (255, 255 = 255) -92
182: Ronald Johnson (190, 172 = 181) +1
190: Colin Jones (255, 255 = 255) -65
211: Bruce Miller (164, 255 = 215) -4
239: Michael Person (255, 255 = 255) -16
250: Curtis Holcomb (255, 255 = 255) -5
Well, hopefully Jim Harbaugh is a better NFL coach than he is a value drafter, that is, of course, if he had anything to do with the drafting process. Sometimes give their coaches a lot of pull, and some just buy the groceries for them, hoping they have the right ingredients to cook the meals. The 49ers got value with Kendall Hunter, the running back out of Oklahoma State – and then again with WR Ronald Johnson, though the value was small that late. The Niners had a lot of picks in the 2nd half of the draft and ended up picking 4 players that had an undrafted ranking consensus.
Draft Pick Total: 1473– Player Rankings Total: 1691 —- TOTAL RANKING: -218
2011 Mock Draft
San Francisco 49ers 6-10 – Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska: I think Peterson and Amukamara are two future stars in a pretty top-heavy cornerback class (Jimmy Smith is another big time talent, and guys like Ras-I Dowling look solid after round 1). Prince is something the 49ers could use, a great athlete with tons of upside because of his toughness and hard working style. The 49ers could also take a guy like Robert Quinn here, or even Blaine Gabbert if they’re feeling lucky. But I think Amukamara is the best pick in both talent, safety, and need.
2008 NFL DRAFT GRADES
San Francisco 49ers: B+
With the 29th pick in Round 1, I think the 49ers got a very good tackle in Kentwan Balmer. Balmer will probably start form Day 1 and be a factor on the defensive line. He was the best player on Carolina’s defense last season, and has a bright future in this league.
Chilio Rachal is as tough as nails. He will grab and scratch and claw and beast you any chance he gets, and he gets the job done play after play. His potential is grand and he will be a very good guard in the NFL. He’s young, and would have been a 1st round pick next season. He came out for family reasons. This kid is smart.
Reggie Smith was a GREAT pick in Round 3. Are you kidding me? He is a playmaker that can help at safety or corner. He’s got great height and athletic ability. He’s not a stiff player at all. He doesn’t have great speed, and that obviously made him drop, but this kid is a football player and he’ll just make plays if he gets a chance.
Cody Wallace was a very good center for Texas A&M. He’s dependable and really looks like an intelligent football player on tape. The 49ers like this kid and think he could help at guard as well, though he might be a little small.
Josh Morgan may have been a product of his offense, and in this case, that’s not such a great thing. He sure has tons of speed, but with quarterback troubles and Va Tech’s running offense, he didn’t get much of a chance to show his talents. We’ll see what Martz can do with him. He’s got nice size and speed.
Larry Grant was a productive outside backer for the Buckeyes, though some think he’ll be too small and overwhelmed at the next level. He was good and knows how to make tackles. Good special teams guy right off the bat.
2007 San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers looked like a real NFL Football team in 2006, something everyone definitely would admit as an improvement from their struggles in 2005. While 1st Round pick Vernon Davis (6th overall) didn’t do much in his first season to defend his draft position, his skill-set was acknowledged during a few spurts throughout his first, injury plagued, season. Alex Smith showed he wasn’t a flop, by playing much better football in ’06 under the offensive tutelage of Norv Turner (now head coach of the Chargers). Frank Gore had an amazing year as the 49ers leading offensive player, rushing for a team record 1,695 yards in his second season in the league, totaling more than 2,100 yards from scrimmage. Gore recently singed a new 4 year deal for San Fran this off season. Alex Smith nearly reached 3,000 yards, throwing for 16 touchdowns in his 2nd season. Though Norv Turner is out in San Fran, surely Mike Nolan has the makings of a very good head coach in the NFL, and has the 49ers on the rise in an improving NFC West.
2007 Off-Season Plans:
With plenty of money to throw around, the 49ers entered the off-season free agency stage muscling up and going after the two biggest names on the market, Nate Clements and Adalius Thomas. Clements signed a record breaking contract (for defensive-backs) but Thomas felt better about heading to New England. 1 out of 2 ain’t bad. The 49ers have signed or re-signed 7 defensive players this off season, heading the list are Clements, Michael Lewis, Tully Banta-Cain, and Bryant Young. Its obvious the Niners, and Mike Nolan, realize the importance of an improved defense if this team is to take the next step in ’07. The Niners let Antonio Bryant (no new team yet), Eric Johnson (New Orleans), and Jeremy Newberry (Oakland) go. While the only new offensive player joining the 49ers so far is Ashlie Lelie, who looks like he’ll finally get the chance to be a #1 receiver in the NFL. I’m not as excited about this signing, but overall, the 49ers have impressed me in their attempt to get better now. Clements will really help the defense in the Bay City. As for the draft, the Niners will have so many options with the 11th pick, I can only guess who they’ll take. I think this spot is too high for any receiver aside from Tedd Ginn Jr., and I don’t think they’ll take him with very good defensive lineman remaining on the board. If Amobi Okoye is still on the board (as he is in my Mock Draft) I like the Niners taking him at 11. However, just recently it looks like Okoye won’t make it past the Dolphins at 9, so a number of defensive play-makers, maybe Darrelle Revis, possibly Reggie Nelson, Jamal Anderson, and even Patrick Willis could be headed to the Bay here. For now, I’ll stick with Okoye.