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This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 28

Posted by Taylor Price on April 28, 2011 – 10:38 AM

Two of the team’s best entertainers were selected on this day in 49ers draft history.

With the No. 11 overall pick, the 49ers strengthened their defense for the long haul by selecting Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis. Shortly after, the team traded back into the first round to take Central Michigan tackle Joe Staley with the No. 28 overall selection.

Since then, both players have become solid performers for the team and have been rewarded with contract extensions. Willis signed a five-year extension through 2016; Staley signed a six-year extension through 2017.

And both have become leaders on their respective sides of the ball.

Willis, a four-time Pro Bowler, was recently named the NFL’s best linebacker by a panel of ESPN’s pro football writers. Furthermore, he’s the first 49ers player to make four consecutive Pro Bowls to start his career since Hall of Fame safety Ronnie Lott. In four seasons, Willis has an astounding 737 tackles, 15 sacks, eight forced fumbles and four interceptions.

With Willis in the fold, the 49ers traded back into the first round with the New England Patriots to acquire Staley’s services. The team packaged the No. 110 overall pick and a 2008 first-round pick to get New England’s No. 28 overall pick.

Staley started all 16 games at right tackle as a rookie, becoming the first 49ers rookie offensive lineman to start every game in a season since Cas Banaszek started all 14 contests in 1968. Staley and Willis were two of three 2007 draft class members to start every game as rookies.

Staley has been a leader on the 49ers offensive line, starting all 50 of the games he’s appeared in. He’s also one of the team’s most engaging performers on and off the field as witnessed by the show he hosts on 49ers.com, aptly named, “The Joe Show.”


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10 Responses to “This Day in 49ers Draft History: April 28”

  1. By pinkfloyd on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    I can not believe, 49ers, did not learn the lesson. They need a QB URGENTTTTT, why did not pick a good qb in the first round??, they lost a good qb to the jaguars….

  2. By Lion Hearted on Apr 28, 2011 | Reply

    We may have lost a good QB to jags,but we are gona get alex smith back and our coach is gona turn him into a great one:D now lets go after aaron williams CB from texas!!!!

  3. By ninertime on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    we have other needs and coach harbuagh likes alex smith and so do I. give him a chance with a coach that says he beleives in him and lets see what we get, you may be shocked. we will draft a qb later on and remember all 1st round qb’s are not superstars just remember where we drafted the great one, Mr.Joe Montana!

  4. By sanjo9erFan on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    QB is important but having a solid defense will allow more chances for offense to be on the field.. i don’t think this year’s QB selection is that great to use 1 or 2nd round to get one. typically QBs takes years to develop and very rarely they can come in and be effective. that’s not what we need.. to have another rookie QB and another 6-10 season just to have some ‘upside’ in the future… the alex smith project failed because they rushed him (in my opinion) and it clearly didn’t work.. so why should we do it all over again?!? Defense win championships.

  5. By carmine depiano on Apr 29, 2011 | Reply

    I have been a 49er fan for over 40 years & I have never seen a worst draft pick as drafting what his name from Neveda. Was he pick as Q.B. or a running back? If he was pick as a Q.B. you better start teaching your receivers how to run block because he can run better then he can throw. If he ever comes a starter swithch to the Raiders.You wasted a high draft choice. ot going too make it to a superbowl this way.

  6. By MIKE on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    WHAT? SIGN ALEX SMITH AGAIN.ANOTHER SEASON SHOT TO HELL.

  7. By MIKE on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    LION HEARTED, I AGREE WE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN GABBERT WE ALSO SHOULD HAVE TAKEN RODGERS. ALEX SMITH IS JUST A WASTE. AS LONG AS HES PLAYIN NO PLAYOFFS.TRUST ME BEEN A 49ER FAN SINCE 1979.

  8. By AlexMcD32 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    If you are a true San Francisco 49er fan u will enjoy this video i put together.

  9. By KDB on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Right On! Looks Like Alex is back with a REAL COACH–Thank God-Great for him. He’s very good.

  10. By MIKE L on May 4, 2011 | Reply

    COOL VIDEO 99.9 NO ALEX SMITH ENOUGH SAID

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