Two key contributors were added to the team’s current roster on this day in 49ers draft history.
On April 25, the 49ers selected Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and used the 188th overall selection in 2004 to pick two-time Pro Bowl punter Andy Lee out of Pittsburgh.
The 2009 event was memorable for many reasons. Not many expected college football’s touchdown-producing wide receiver to be available at the 10th overall selection, but that’s exactly what happened on draft day. Crabtree, regarded by many draft experts as the top-rated receiver, was the second of six wideouts picked in the opening round that year.
Crabtree’s selection wasn’t supposed to be the biggest surprise of the day.
That honor was designated to the 49ers live unveiling of new uniforms, inspired by the team’s Super Bowl-winning clubs of the 80s and 90s. After current players and key alumni players unveiled the new threads, fans only had to wait a little longer to find out the next bombshell of the day, Crabtree becoming the 49ers newest wide receiver.
Five years prior, Lee’s selection received much-less fanfare.
There wasn’t a room full of 49ers Faithful at the team’s annual draft party chanting his name before his selection – but when the No. 188 pick came up in the sixth-round of the 2004 draft, there surely was much discussion in the 49ers draft room.
Since his selection, Lee has been named to two Pro Bowl teams (2007 and 2009) and has been entrenched as one of the 49ers special teams leaders.
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