Niner Report|June/July 2020
First-round draft picks are the lifeblood of any NFL organization, and when a team has two first-rounders in the same draft it can be an opportunity to build a franchise foundation. The 49ers were looking to add foundational pieces in April when they selected Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk in the 2020 NFL draft — the 21st time in the team’s 75-year history San Francisco had multiple picks in the opening round of the annual college lottery. Some of those dual first-round packages worked out better than others and had a significant impact on the team:
1 Patrick Willis and Joe Staley(2007): How many first rounds for any team in any NFL draft produced legitimate Hall of Fame candidates on each side of the football? Both Willis (No. 11 overall selection) and Staley (No. 28) were generational talents who became immediate starters and quickly developed into franchise cornerstones. The 49ers have had some pretty good first-round pairs over the years, but Willis — a seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro — and Staley — a six-time Pro Bowler — simply blow away everybody else.
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