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Here are the players drafted by the San Francisco 49ers during the years that George Seifert was head coach. Players are listed by the year and round in which they were selected.

Information for 1992-96 is current as of April 4, 2000.
Information for 1989-91 is current as of Nov. 6, 1998.

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1996

2. IFEANYI, ISRAEL, DE, 6-4, 250, USC
A fierce pass rusher at USC, he was expected to fill the 49ers' "elephant" position. But he played only three games with 49ers in 1996 and was out of football in 1997. He spent the 1998 season on the Chargers' practice squad.

3. OWENS, TERRELL, WR, 6-3, 208, Tennessee-Chattanooga
In 1997, he led the 49ers with 60 receptions for 936 yards and 15.6 yards per catch. Blossomed as a bona-fide star in 1998 and was designated the 49ers' franchise player. In 13 games during the 1999 season, Owens caught 55 passes for 723 yards.

4. PRICE, DARYL, DE, 6-4, 258, Colorado
Most recently with Jacksonville Jaguars. Earned the "Hang Tough" award as a senior at Colorado for overcoming adversity. He's a converted linebacker with excellent speed (4.69 in the 40).

5. UWAEZUOKE, IHEANYI, WR, 6-2, 198, California
Versatile, hard-working and speedy; runs a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash. Waived by 49ers and picked up by the Dolphins mid-season 1998. Went to training camp with George Seifert's Panthers in 1999, but was cut and picked up by the Lions, where he contributed as a punt returner.

6. PITTS, STEPHEN, RB, 5-11, 190, Penn State
As a collegian in 1995, he led the Big 10 with 6.9 yards per carry (468 yards on 68 carries, including a 164-yard game vs. Michigan's No. 1 rushing defense.) Waived by 49ers Aug. 20, 1996.

7. MANUEL, SEAN, TE, 6-2, 245, New Mexico State
Saw action in 11 games in 1996 and was in camp with the 49ers in '97, but was released prior to the start of the regular season. Played in the spring of '98 with the England Monarchs before injuring right knee. Most recently with Kansas City Chiefs.

7. MANUEL, SAM, LB, 6-3, 235, New Mexico State
He was 1996's "Mr. Irrelevant" -- the last player taken in draft. Twin of Sean Manuel. Played for Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe League. Signed by Panthers in February 1999 but waived at the end of training camp.

1995

1. STOKES, J.J., WR, 6-4, 217, UCLA
The 49ers traded their 1996 first-round pick to move up to draft Stokes in '95. He was slowed by hand and wrist injuries his first two seasons, but he started 16 games in 1997 and posted 58 receptions for 733 yards and four touchdowns. In 1998, he played in 16 games (11 starts) and finished with 63 receptions for 770 yards and eight touchdowns, all career highs. Played in 15 (four starts) in 1999, catching 29 passes for 299 yards.

4. HANSHAW, TIM , T/G, 6-5, 300, BYU
Received first extensive playing time of his career in 1997, appearing in 13 games and starting three. Made switch from guard to tackle in 1996.

6. ARMSTRONG, ANTONIO, LB, 6-1, 234, Texas A&M
Was billed as an intense pass rusher who had made 21 sacks and 34 tackles for losses in his collegiate career.

7. COLEMAN, HERB, DE, 6-4, 285, Trinity International
Most recently with Rhein Fire. Considered a "project." Had 25 sacks in 31 college games. He spent 1995 on the 49ers' practice squad.

1994

1. YOUNG, BRYANT, DT, 6-2, 276, Notre Dame
Explosive inside pass rusher with 37 sacks in 68 games through the 1998 season. In 15 games in 1999, he had 38 tackles and 11 sacks. Pro Bowl starter in 1996 and alternate in 1997. Twice earned the 49ers' Len Eshmont Award (1996 and '98) for the player who best exemplifies courage and leadership.

1. FLOYD, WILLIAM, FB, 6-1, 242, Florida State
Now with Carolina Panthers. Battled back from a career-threatening knee injury suffered in 1995. As a rookie, he played in 16 games and started 11, gaining 305 rushing yards on 87 carries and six touchdowns. Scored a team-high five touchdowns throughout the 1994 playoffs. Considered one of the league's best blocking back. Earned the 49ers' 1995 Len Eshmont Award.

2. MITCHELL, KEVIN, LB, 6-1, 260, Syracuse
In 1999 with the Redskins, he played in 16 games (one start), he had 23 tackles. In eight games for the Saints in 1998, he posted a career-high 56 total tackles, which included 2.5 sacks. Played in 16 games for the 49ers in 1997, registering 40 tackles. In 1994, he led the team with 16 special teams stops. For the Saints in 1998, he posted 56 total tackles (31 solo), which included 2.5 sacks.

2. DRAKEFORD, TYRONNE, CB, 5-9, 185, Virginia Tech
Started all 16 games for the Saints in 1998, finishing third on the team with 76 tackles and was tied for second on the squad with four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. He dropped off in 1999, starting four games and recording 28 tackles. For the 49ers in 1997, he was second on the team with five interceptions. In 1996, he started 16 games and recorded 59 tackles. In 1995, he played in every game, had 46 tackles and tied for team lead with five interceptions.

3. BRIEN, DOUG, K, 5-11, 177, California
Now with New Orleans Saints. As a rookie, he led the 49ers in scoring with 105 points and set club record for PATs (60). Hit 15 of 20 field goal attempts. In 1997, he had a career-best 85.2 field goal accuracy and converted 23 of 27 field goals and all 22 PATs. In 1998, he converted 90.9 percent of his field goal attempts (20 of 22), and made all 31 PAT attempts.

3. FLEMMING, CORY, WR, 6-1, 207, Tennessee
Salary cap problems forced him out of San Francisco. He dazzled in Cowboys camp, but failed to make the jump to a productive game player.

5. PETERSON, TONY, LB, 6-0, 223, Notre Dame
Rejoined the 49ers in 1998 after one season in Chicago. He is a top special teams players and a capable backup, able to play either outside linebacker position.

6. WOODALL, LEE, LB, 6-0, 220, West Chester
Signed with the Panthers following a 1999 season in which he started 15 games for the 49ers, recording 66 tackles and 2.5 sacks. In 1998, he had 77 tackles and an interception. He played in the 1997 Pro Bowl after a season with 84 tackles in 16 starts. He was a Pro Bowl starter in 1995 after season of 77 tackles, one sack and two fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a 96-yard touchdown vs. the Bills on Monday Night Football.

1993

1. STUBBLEFIELD, DANA, DE, 6-2, 302, Kansas
In his first year with the Redskins in 1999, he had 44 tackles and three sacks. He was a three-time Pro Bowl player ('94, '95, '97). He earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1997, with 15 sacks and 65 tackles for the 49ers. Was NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1993 with a team-high 10.5 sacks.

1. KELLY, TODD, DE, 6-2, 259, Tennessee
Kelly showed flashes of potential, but was unable to develop a second move when his first pass-rush thrust was stymied. He had completed his collegiate career ranked No. 2 behind Reggie White on the Volunteers' all-time sacks list with 22.5. Played 1993-94 with the 49ers; also played for the Bengals and Falcons.

2. HARDY, ADRIAN, CB, 5-11, 194, Northwestern State
Spent two years with the Niners before moving on to the Bengals.

5. SMITH, ARTIE, DE, 6-4, 303, Louisiana Tech
Well-liked by 49ers, but released in September 1994, when he was snapped up by the Bengals and was a starter. Played in 10 games for the Cowboys in 1998 and was picked up by the Chiefs in 1999.

6. DALMAN, CHRIS, G-C, 6-3, 285, Stanford
Started 14 games for 49ers in 1999. Became full-time starter at right guard in 1996 and was switched to center in 1997. He excels in pass protection and is a solid point-of-attack blocker due to strength and quickness.

7. WILSON, TROY, DE, 6-4, 235, Pittsburg State
Played for Saints in 1998 and '99. In 15 games (four starts) in 1999, he had 5.5 sacks. Was with 49ers in 1993 and 1994, but coudn't stay healthy and was released in 1995 training camp.

8. GRBAC, ELVIS, QB, 6-5, 232, Michigan
Saw his first extensive action in 1995, when he played in all 16 games and started five in place of the injured Steve Young and was 127-of-183 with a 69.4 percent completion average, 1,469 yards, 8 TDs and 5 interceptions. In 1996, he played in 15 games, starting four (122-for-197 with a 69.9 percent completion average, 1,236 yards, 8 TDs and 10 interceptions). He was 8-2 in his first year as the starter with Kansas City in 1997. A shoulder injury limited him to eight games in 1998, but he rebounded with 16 starts in 1999, completing 294 of 499 passes for 3,389 yards and a 58.9 percent completion average (22 TDs, 15 interceptions and 26 sacks).

1992

1. HALL, DANA, S, 6-2, 206, Washington (national champions)
In 1992, he named All-Rookie by Pro Football Writers of America after starting 15 games at free safety and making 48 tackles and two interceptions. Moved to backup after the 49ers signed Deion Sanders in 1994, but still finished eighth on the Super Bowl-winning 49ers with 41 tackles (31 solo) and two interceptions. Released February 1995. Played for the Browns and Jaguars.

2. LEE, AMP, RB, 5-11, 200, Florida State
He saw little action during the Rams' 1999 championship season even though he led the team in receptions in the previous two seasons. An outstanding third-down back, he caught 64 passes for 667 yards in 1998, breaking his own team reception record (61) set in 1997, when he had 825 receiving yards and three 100-yard receiving games. Played with San Francisco 49ers (1992-93) and Minnesota Vikings (1994-96).

3. BOLLINGER, BRIAN, G, 6-5, 285, North Carolina
Played three seasons as backup, but never flashed starter's talent and is out of football.

4. THOMAS, MARK, DE, 6-5, 259, North Carolina State
He was used in pass-rushing situations over most of his career. He was claimed by Carolina in the 1995 expansion draft; had four sacks for the Panthers in 1996. He had his best season with the Bears in 1997, setting career highs in tackles (50), sacks (4.5) and starts (7). Has split the past two seasons between the Bears and Colts.

6. RUSSELL, DAMIEN, S, 6-1, 204, Virginia Tech
Hard-hitter never caught on to the system. Stayed with 49ers two seasons.

9. HAGAN, DARIAN, Return Specialist, 5-9, 191, Colorado
As quarterback in college, he led his team to three straight Big Eight titles, 1989-91. He played five seasons in the Canadian Football League, 1992-96.

10. MAYFIELD, COREY, NT, 6-2, 280, Oklahoma

11. COVINGTON, TOM , TE, 6-3, 241, Georgia Tech

12. LaBOUNTY, MATT, DE, 6-4, 254, Oregon
The pass-rush specialist was on the 49ers' practice squad in 1992 then claimed on waivers by Green Bay, where he spent 1993-95. He was traded to Seattle for Eugene Robinson in 1996, but a knee injury limited his play that season. In 1997, he played 16 games and started six at right end for Seattle. Credited with 18 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks. Had six sacks in 1998 and two in 1999 for the Seahawks.

1991

1. WASHINGTON, TED, NT/DE, 6-4, 299, Louisville
Washington, now the Buffalo Bills' starting nose tackle, is one of the premier run-stoppers in the NFL and a three-time Pro Bowler. After three trouble-making years with the 49ers, he was traded to Denver in 1994, then was signed by Buffalo in 1995. In 1997, he led the Bills with 124 tackles, and he recorded his 500th career tackle.

2. WATTERS, RICKY, RB, 6-1, 212, Notre Dame
A personal pick of George Seifert's. The five-time Pro Bowl running back is now with the Seattle Seahawks following three seasons in Philadelphia and four in San Francisco. (He spent 1991 on injured reserve with a broken foot.) Entering 1998, he had rushed for 6,634 yards and 56 touchdowns, while adding 301 receptions for 2,768 yards and nine TDs. For the 49ers, he rushed for 1,013 in 1992, 950 yards in 1993 (despite missing three games with knee injury), and 877 yards in 1994. He had three touchdowns in Super Bowl XXIX.

2. JOHNSON, JOHN, LB, 6-3, 230, Clemson
A great athlete who started in 1993 but became a salary cap casualty. Played for the Bengals a few seasons before retiring.

4. DONAHUE, MITCH, LB, 6-2, 254, Wyoming
Never made the transition from college defensive lineman to college linebacker. Played two seasons with 49ers, two more with Broncos.

5. HANKS, MERTON, CB, 6-2, 185, Iowa
Has 25 interceptions for 343 yards since becoming a full-time starter in 1993. Started at free safety for each of the past four Pro Bowls. In 1997, he had a career-high 86 tackles with six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. As a part-time starter in 1992, he was the team leader in tackles among defensive backs, with 64. Moved from right cornerback to free safety in Week 4 of 1994 and finished with 79 tackles and seven interceptions.

5. BOATSWAIN, HARRY, T, 6-4, 295, New Haven
A roject who played for 49ers 1992-94, Eagles in 1995, Jets in 1996.

6. BOWLES, SCOTT, T, 6-5, 280, North Texas State

7. CANLEY, SHELDON, RB, 5-9, 195, San Jose State

8. HARGAIN, TONY, WR, 6-0, 188, Oregon
Played for Chiefs in 1992, Broncos in 1996.

9. RIDDICK, LOUIS, S, 6-2, 217, Pittsburgh
Now with Oakland Raiders. Played with Atlanta in 1992 and 1996, Cleveland in 1993-95.

10. HOLDBROOKS, BYRON, NT/DE, 6-5, 280, Alabama

11. SLAUGHTER, BOBBY, WR, 5-11, 171, Louisiana Tech
Most recently a coach at Louisiana Tech, where he had begun his collegiage career as a walk-on, but eventually earned a scholarship and all-America honors his senior year.

12. CONFER, CLIFF, DE, 6-3, 270, Michigan State

1990

1. CARTER, DEXTER, RB, 5-9, 170, Florida State
Built a solid career amid criticism and high expectations. He was with 49ers from 1990-96, except for 10 games with the Jets in 1995. He entered 1996 with 3,798 yards on 176 career kickoff returns. In 1990, he led the 49ers with 460 yards rushing, 217 receiving and 782 punt return yards. He scored a 74-yard TD in his first start. In 1991, he was No. 2 on the 49ers with 379 yards on 85 carries. In 1992, injuries limited him to only three games.

2. BROWN, DENNIS, DE-DT, 6-4, 290, Washington
With 49ers 1990-96; starting defensive end in 1993-95. Had six sacks in his rookie season and a seven-season total of 24.5 sacks. He was second on team to Dana Stubblefield with 58 tackles in 1993. Fought weight problems and ulcers early on.

2. DAVIS, ERIC, CB, 5-11, 178, Jacksonville State
Now with Carolina Panthers. Made five interceptions in 1996 and 1997. Made the Pro Bowl in 1996 (with Panthers) and 1995 (with 49ers). In 1994, he posted a career-high 73 tackles and had four postseason interceptions en route to the Super Bowl XXIX title.

3. LEWIS, RONALD, WR, 5-11, 173, Florida State
Spent three seasons with the 49ers two more with the Packers.

4. CALIGUIRE, DEAN, G-C, 6-2, 282, Pittsburgh
Spent a year on the practice squad, then another on the active roster before a foot injury basically ended his career.

6. POLLACK, FRANK, T-G, 6-4, 277, Northern Arizona
Smart, resourceful player was with 49ers 1990-91, 1994-97. With Broncos on injured reserve in 1992.

8. PICKENS, DWIGHT, WR, 5-10, 170, Fresno State

9. HAGGINS, ODELL, NT, 6-2, 271, Florida State
Defensive line coach for FSU, 1996-present; FSU tight ends/offensive line coach 1994-95. Played for 49ers in 1990, Bills in 1991.

10. HARRISON, MARTIN, DE, 6-5, 240, Washington
Another late-round 49ers success story. Was with the 49ers 1990-93, Vikings in 1994-96, Seahawks in 1997. Had six sacks in 11 games for 49ers in 1993, and 7 sacks for Vikings in 1996.

11. SHELTON, ANTHONY, S, 6-1, 195, Tennessee State
He was a talent who went to San Diego and won a starting job for a while.

1989

1. DeLONG, KEITH, LB, 6-2, 235, Tennessee
Quickly became a starter, but back problems and a lack of interest in the game caused him to call it quits in 1993.

2. WALLS, WESLEY, TE, 6-5, 246, Mississippi
Joining Carolina in 1996, he established himself as the premier tight end in the NFC and was the Pro Bowl starter in 1996 and 1997. Played for the Saints in 1994-95 after two seasons on injured reserve with the 49ers. He was a project when first drafted and spent five seasons in San Francisco.

3. HENDERSON, KEITH, FB, 6-1, 220, Georgia
Led the 49ers in rushing in 1991. But he was constantly missing team buses and planes. He was a talent that just flamed out.

4. BARBER, MIKE, WR, 5-10, 172, Marshall
He lasted a year with the 49ers and a few more with the Bengals.

5. JACKSON, JOHNNY, CB/S, 6-1, 204, Houston
A smart player who eventually tried to replace Ronnie Lott, but he played only one season after Lott signed with the Raiders in 1991.

6. HENDRICKSON, STEVE, LB, 6-0, 245, California
Intense player lasted one season in San Francisco, then played five years with the Chargers as an H-back and sometimes as a linebacker and special teamer.

9. HARMON, RUDY, LB, 6-1, 230, LSU

10. SINCLAIR, ANDY, C, 6-3, 285, Stanford

11. BELL, JIM, RB, 6-0, 205, Boston College

11. McGEE, NORM, WR, 6-0, 180, North Dakota

12. GOSS, ANTONIO, LB, 6-4, 228, North Carolina
Played for 49ers 1989, 1991-95, Chargers in 1990, Rams in 1996. One of the NFL's best special teams players and a sub at linebacker.

 


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