Be drafted early by a NFL The franchise is one of the most stressful scenarios a quarterback can face. The weight of the team is on his shoulders, and if he doesn’t resurrect the team as a star for about the next decade or so, he is called a failure.
The San Francisco 49ers have used their fair share of high draft picks to select quarterbacks throughout their prestigious history. Some of them have succeeded, but many others have not.
With the 49ers recently to acquire the third choice in the general classification of 2020 NFL Draft, many fans and analysts expect them to pick a new caller. But how has this decision worked for them in the past?
Former quarters of the 49ers | Earl Morrall (No. 2 overall in 1956)
This selection dates back several decades. The 49ers drafted Morrall with the second overall pick in the 1956 NFL Draft; he played college football and baseball in the state of Michigan, and he could have played professional baseball. But he pursued his football dreams instead.
Morrall, however, spent fewer years with the 49ers than his draft number. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1957 and continued to play for the Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins throughout his career.
Morrall retired from professional football in 1977. He was named NFL MVP in 1968, and he also won three Super Bowls, but none of those accolades came during his time in San Francisco. Morrall spent time as a coach and unsuccessfully ran for the Florida House of Representatives in 1992 before his death in 2014.
Former quarters of the 49ers | Steve Spurrier (n ° 3 in the general classification in 1967)
Heisman Trophy winner Steve Spurrier was emerging from one of the best quarterback careers in college football history when the 49ers picked him third overall in the 1967 NFL / AFL Draft.
His professional career was not so glorious, however, as he never rekindled the magic of his college years. After playing sparingly for the 49ers over the next decade and spending a stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Spurrier retired in 1977.
Her retirement as a player has been a blessing as it launched Spurrier’s legendary coaching career. He briefly coached in the NFL, but resigned from Washington after two bad seasons, proving just how better suited he was to the college game.
Former quarters of the 49ers | Alex Smith (No. 1 overall in 2005)
New 49ers coach Mike Nolan has taken on the controversy Alex smith with the first pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. Outstanding college football quarterback for Urban Meyer in Utah, Smith was picked ahead of future NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
For years, Smith was the man of San Francisco. He spent most of 2005-2012 as the team’s starting quarterback, and he arguably performed well, but perhaps not well enough, in the role.
After Colin Kaepernick emerged and became the 49ers’ new starter, Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs. He then made waves with the Washington football team after making a miraculous comeback from a horrific leg injury in 2018.
Smith remains the best quarterback the 49ers have picked with a high draft pick. It’s important to note that the 49ers’ iconic quarterback Joe montana was drafted in the third round, so he was dropped from that list.
The 49ers and their fans will surely be hopeful that the next quarterback chosen by the team in the draft will be the best selection yet.