On the theory that it takes about three years to evaluate a draft, here is a look back at the 2004 draft class:
OVERALL: When only ONE of your first 5 picks are even with the team after 3 years, you can't be satisfied. When you factor in the JJ vs Stephen Jackson decision, the draft looks even worse (and I am still hopeful JJ shines this year, but you cannot argue with production to-date). While our three 7th round picks are looking good, only Patrick Crayton has demonstrated Pro-Bowl potential. You gotta give this draft extremely poor marks.
2nd round-43rd overall RB-Julius Jones -- This pick stands out as much for who we didn't take: namely Stephen Jackson. It is interesting how JJ is STILL a bit of a mystery as to his value, yet Jackson is a proven workhorse. Until proven otherwise, gotta call this one a mistake. Certainly not a bust, and JJ can still shine, but at this point, this decision looks BAD.
2-52 OT-Jacob Rogers, USC -- HUGE mistake, and I hope I don't see this guy's name again for a while, it gives me a headache. BUST.
3-83 OG-Stephen Peterman, LSU -- While he may still prove otherwise for the Lions, anyone released within two years must be called a BUST.
4-121 CB-Bruce Thornton, Georgia -- Again, didn't make the team and was signed by the 49ers off the practice squad. BUST.
5-144 TE-Sean Ryan, Boston College -- Traded for a 7th rounder this year. BAD.
7-205 CB-Nathan Jones, Rutgers -- A 7th round pick still on the team, contributing in the nickel and on special teams. GOOD PICK.
7-216 WR-Patrick Crayton, NW Oklahoma State -- Outside of JJ, the only stand-out of this class. Continues to improve. GREAT PICK.
7-223 CB- Jacques Reeves , Purdue. -- Played in 15 games as a rookie, stepped in when Henry was hurt last year. Also a special teams asset. GOOD PICK.
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