GM profiling: McCloughan and the receivers

April, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

A first-round scenario to consider when the NFL draft begins Saturday: The Lions draft Matthew Stafford, the Rams take a tackle, the Chiefs address their defensive line and the Seahawks draft Aaron Curry. Under that scenario, might Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree fall to the 49ers at No. 10? And if he did, would the 49ers take him?

The possibility came to mind as I looked at 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan and the receivers his teams have drafted since 1994. The names, listed in the chart by overall selection, shed light on McCloughan's philosophy.

Draft Rd. Pick McCloughan's Team Receiver
College Conference
2001
1 9 Seahawks
Koren Robinson N.C. St.
ACC
1996
2 56 Packers Derrick Mayes
Notre Dame
Independent
2007
3 76 49ers Jason Hill
Wash. St. Pac-10
2000 3 80
Seahawks Darrell Jackson
Florida
SEC
1999
3 82 Seahawks Karsten Bailey
Auburn SEC
2006 3 84
49ers Brandon Williams
Wisconsin
Big Ten
1995 3 90
Packers Antonio Freeman
Virginia Tech
ACC
2001
5 140 Seahawks Alex Bannister
E.Kentucky
Ohio Valley (I-AA)
1994
5 146 Packer Terry Mickens Florida A&M
MEAC (I-AA)
1998
5 150 Packers Corey Bradford
Jackson St.
SWAC (I-AA)
2004
5 157 Seahawks D.J. Hackett
Colorado Big 12
1994
6 169 Packers Jay Kearney
W.Virginia
Big East
1995
6
173 Packers Charlie Simmons
Georgia Tech
ACC
2008
6 174 49ers Josh Morgan
Virginia Tech ACC
2005
5 174 49ers Rasheed Marshall
W.Virginia
Big East
2000
6 175 Seahawks James Williams
Marshall
C-USA
1994
6
181 Packers Bill Schroeder
Wisc.-LaCrosse WIAC (II)
1999
7 213 Packers Donald Driver
Alcorn ST.
SWAC (I-AA)
1997
7 213 Packers Chris Miller
USC
Pac-10
2005
7 223 49ers Marcus Maxwell
Oregon
Pac-10
2003
7 224 Seahawks Taco Wallace
Kansas St.
Big 12

McCloughan's mentor in Green Bay, Ron Wolf, shied away from drafting receivers early. He perceived the position as a risky one.

If we look at McCloughan's history, which overlapped Wolf's tenure in Green Bay, we see his teams drafted only one receiver -- Koren Robinson at No. 9 in 2001 -- among the top 55 overall selections since 1994. McCloughan's teams have drafted five receivers between the 76th and 90th choices, zero in the fourth round and 10 between the 140th and 181st choices.

While the 49ers might be tempted to take Crabtree at No. 10, history says McCloughan might target the position in other rounds. The 49ers hold the following picks: 10, 43, 74, 111, 146, 171, 184, 219 and 244. McCloughan's history suggests he might look for a receiver at 74 and then at 146 or later. Taking Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin or another receiver at No. 10 would go against the most firmly established precedent.

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