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Seahawks, 49ers draft classes take hits

8/23/2010

Thirty of 32 first-round choices from the 2008 NFL draft remain with their current teams.

The exceptions: Lawrence Jackson, selected 28th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, and Kentwan Balmer, chosen one pick later by the San Francisco 49ers.

And with Glen Coffee retiring from the 49ers, San Francisco joined the New England Patriots as the only NFL teams to have parted with more than one player drafted among the first three rounds over the past two seasons.

That makes it easier to waive the usual disclaimers about waiting three or four years before assessing draft classes. We already know the 49ers and Seahawks will never realize a return on their 2008 first-round investments.

The first chart lists the nine draft choices from 2008 or 2009 who are no longer with their original teams (Brad Cottam, a third-round choice of the Kansas City Chiefs, landed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list after clearing waivers).

2008-2009 NFL Drafts: Players Drafted Rounds 1-3 Not With Original Teams

The second chart shows how many 2008 and 2009 draft choices selected in the first three rounds are no longer with their original teams.

2008-2009 NFL Drafts: Players Not With Original Team