Failed first-round choices held back the team previously. One of them, 2003 first-rounder Kwame Harris, is in the news for the wrong reasons: allegedly assaulting an ex-boyfriend.
The San Mateo (Calif.) Daily Journal has the details.
Harris started 44 games for the 49ers over a five-year period.
Taken after Mike Rumph and before Rashaun Woods, Harris was part of a three-year run of unsuccessful first-round choices for the 49ers. The team then selected Alex Smith, Vernon Davis, Manny Lawson, Patrick Willis and Joe Staley with its next five first-round choices. All but Lawson played key roles in helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl.
Harris last played for the 49ers in 2007.