San Francisco 49ers pull draft night shocker: Illini WR A.J. Jenkins

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The Seattle Seahawks made the first big shocker on NFL Draft night by taking Bruce Irvin DE/OLB from West Virginia. The San Francisco 49ers created another big surprise when they took WR A.J. Jenkins out of Illinois with the 30th pick. It marks the first time two Illini have been selected in the first round of an NFL draft since Kevin Hardy and Simeon Rice in 1996.

Illinois now has 5 first round picks in the last five years, the most in the Big Ten. That’s a very surprising stat isn’t?

The Niners defense was so strong last year, you knew they were going to go offense this draft. And now they have plenty of pass catchers: Mario Manningham, Vernon Davis, Randy Moss, Michael Crabtree etc.

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49ers: NFL team with the most potentially productive draft

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By Paul M. Banks

San Francisco’s draft strategy is simple: always take the best available player right? Their front office stresses value over need. Perhaps even more than the GMs of the New York Giants (Jerry Reese) and Green Bay Packers (Ted Thompson). But they have plenty of needs to fill too. And as one of the two NFL teams with 2 picks in the 1st round, (Seattle is the other, but they’re kind of a hot mess right now) they could easily find themselves back in the playoffs next year should they make the right moves.

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