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Rebuilding starts on offense

The 49ers' draft philosophy is to take the best player available. That has led to an influx of offensive talent, writes John Clayton.

Updated: August 14, 2006, 4:37 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Sometimes, drafts aren't complicated. Often on draft day, you see general managers and coaches scrambling in their draft rooms like stock brokers in the midst of a massive sell-off.

Not in San Francisco. Mike Nolan inherited one of the league's toughest coaching jobs, but in terms of talent acquisition, the decisions have been easy. When the cupboard is bare, the solution is simple -- take the best athletes available. As much as Nolan would love to follow the blueprint ...

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