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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 27

Posted by Taylor Price on April 27, 2011 – 2:44 PM



A pair of prominent past and present 49ers with names beginning in the letter “J,” jump out as memorable draft picks on this day in 49ers draft history.

Back when the NFL Draft lasted 12 rounds in the 80s, the team grabbed Hawaii offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu with the No. 289 overall selection in the eleventh round of the 1983 NFL Draft. And on the same day 25 years later, the 49ers snatched sure-handed Virginia Tech wideout Josh Morgan with the No. 174 overall selection in the sixth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Although they were members of two different eras in franchise history, both continue to impact the team.

Sapolu, who played all 15 of his NFL seasons with the 49ers from ’83-’97, won four Super Bowls, made two Pro Bowl teams and currently serves as one of the team’s alumni coordinators. He frequently attends 49ers events and has always been regarded as a key personality from the team’s Super Bowl teams of the 80s and 90s.

Morgan on the other hand, represents some of the 49ers recent successes in making late-round selections. Despite coming from a run-first, college offense, Morgan became a key offensive contributor as a rookie. In three years with the 49ers, he’s totaled 116 catches for 1,544 yards and eight touchdown receptions.

Like Sapolu, Morgan is very active in the team’s community efforts. He was the team’s 2010 top community service performer having spent 97 hours at more than 30 community events in the Bay Area.



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3 Responses to “This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 27”

  1. By david hall on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    49ers! Need another offence line and a quarterback

  2. By Dayle on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    Aw man! I was hoping the two “J’s” were JOE and JERRY!

  3. By Viliam Dugovic on Apr 27, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Singletary was same situation as Harbaughs now,and Singletary decided to go with Alex Smith .If i am not smart like Harbaughs is,but i have strong intuition he will be ended with Alex Smith to.I will be hear,when novelty sades down,and NFL game of football,take unexpected turns and nothing will be working anymore.Just yapping from now silent press same some Smith had not enough mentoring in the past.

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