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49ers Round-by-Round Picks, Updated Live
2005 49ers Draft Picks
 Rd Pk (Ovr) Name Pos School
 1 1 (1) Alex D. Smith QB Utah
 2 1 (33) David Baas C Michigan
 3 1 (65) Frank Gore RB Miami (Fla.)
 3 30 (94) Adam Snyder G Oregon
 5 1 (137) Ronald Fields DT Mississippi State
 5 38 (174) Rasheed Marshall WR West Virginia
 6 31 (205) Derrick Johnson CB Washington
 7 1 (215) Daven Holly CB Cincinnati
 7 9 (223) Marcus Maxwell WR Oregon
 7 34 (248) Patrick Estes TE Virginia
 7 35 (249) Billy Bajema TE Oklahoma State

2005 49ers Draft Picks

Round 1, Pick 1
#11, Alex Smith, Quarterback, 6-4", 217 lbs, 4.75 / 40
With their first overall selection, and the first pick in the 2005 draft, the 49ers selected quarterback Alex Smith.  The 20 year old quarterback is regarded by most as the best quarterback in this years draft, although there is some debate as to whether or not he will be ready to start this season.  Smith is a mobile passer, a fierce competitor, and has more than adequate arm strength.  He will have to adjust to pro-style offenses in the NFL but will benefit from his experience reading defenses and improvising at the collegiate level.
Round 2, Pick 1
#64, David Baas, Center/Guard, 6-4", 319 lbs, 5.04/40
The 49ers offensive line has been a real concern over the last three years, and last year in particular.  Baas gives the 49ers a versatile offensive lineman who will compete immediately to start.  Regarded as one of the top interior defensive lineman in the draft, and of recent years, Baas will likely contribute as a guard, and a back up center.  He adds good size and athleticism to the offensive line, and falls in line with giving the team's new quarterback Alex Smith all the tools he will need to succeed in the NFL.
Round 3, Pick 1
#21, Frank Gore, Running Back, 5'9", 212 lbs, 4.65/40
49ers' Kevan Barlow struggled in his first year as the featured back for the team.  To help shore up the offensive backfield the 49ers drafted Frank Gore.  Gore is a big back and is good between the tackles.  He is recovering from two knee surgeries which is a big concern for the team.  Gore will likely see time at running back, but is not likely to start this year.  In drafting Gore, the 49ers might be considering establishing a combination backfield similar to the Kevan Barlow and Garrison Hearst tandem in the past.
Round 3, Pick 31
#60, Adam Snyder, Guard/Tackle, 6-5", 316 lbs, 5.4/40 [Video]
The 49ers drafted their second offensive lineman after trading back into the third round.  Giving up their 4th and 6th round selections, the 49ers acquired the Eagles pick to draft Adam Snyder.  Snyder, a versatile lineman, can play guard and tackle.  He is likely going to compete for a backup spot to Kwame Harris and provides some insurance in the event that the newly revamped offensive line need some added strength and depth.  Snyder also fills the whole that losing Kosier to the Lions created.
Round 5, Pick 1
#69, Ronald Fields, Nose Tackle, 6-2", 313 lbs, 5.17/40
With no fourth round pick, it was not until the first pick in the fifth round that the 49ers drafted a defensive player.  Ronald Fields is a true nose tackle, something the 49ers do not currently have on their roster.  Fields will challenge Isaac Sopoaga and Anthony Adams for a starting spot at nose tackle, but is most likely to factor in the rotation rather than as a starter.  Fields is a presence in the middle of the line, but does not have overwhelming height or weight. 
Round 5, Pick 38
#84, Rasheed Marshall, Wide Receiver / Quarterback / Safety, 6-1". 190 lbs, 4.56/40
The 49ers used their second fifth round pick on Rasheed Marshall a quarterback who is expected to make the transition to receiver in the NFL.  Marshall is an athletic player but could be a bit of a reach for the 49ers this early in the draft.  A versatile player, no doubt - but the 49ers have plenty of projects at receiver to begin with, including Derick Hamilton, Arnaz Battle and P.J. Fleck.  The 49ers may see this tough competitor as a special teams competitor, but likely could have taken him a little later in the draft.
Round 6, Pick 31
Derrick Johnson, Cornerback, 5-11", 188 lbs, 4.44/40
The 49ers second defensive player drafted, Derrick Johnson, is a cornerback.  The 49ers have been battling to fill their cornerback spots over the last few years, and have suffered through an injury plagued defensive backfield in recent years.  Johnson will compete for a backup position, especially if Mike Rumph remains at cornerback rather than moves to safety.  An athletic corner, Johnson needs to work on engaging the receivers at the line. 
Round 7, Pick 1
Daven Holly, Cornerback / Wide Receiver, 5-10 1/8", 186 lbs, 4.37/40
Perhaps the most athletic player the 49ers drafted is Daven Holly.  Holly runs a 4.37 / 40 and played both cornerback and receiver in college.  The 49ers likely see Holly as a cornerback, but Holly can likely contribute on specail teams too.  Holly has good hands, and very good speed and agility.  He will compete for a backup corner spot, and will have an intense battle with fellow rookie Derrick Johnson.  In taking two cornerbacks the 49ers are clearly guarding against the past problems they have had at the position.
Round 7, Pick 9
Marcus Maxwell, Wide Receiver, 6-4", 205 lbs, 4.46 / 40  [Video]
Marcus Maxwell was the 49ers second selection in the 7th round.  The athletic receiver took advantage of his opportunities when receivers in front of him went down with injury.  Maxwell is not quite as polished as others in the draft as he missed some preparation time due to a shoulder injury.  He is fast and tall though which should allow him to compete with Rasheed Marshall and the rest of the depth players at the receiver position for the 49ers.  Again, drafting a receiver does not really fill any need for the team at this point.
Round 7, Pick 34
Patrick Estes, Tight End, 6-6", 268 lbs, 4.79/40
The 49ers tight end position has been fairly stable with Eric Johnson and Aaron Walker holding down the fort.  Patric Estes though, provides thet eam with a really aggressive and tough tight end who will fight for the ball in the middle of the field.  He has a very big frame and if he ads weight he could be a project at tackle or guard on the offensive line.  He is a good blocker and continues to play whistle to whistle.  Estes is not the fastest tight end and need to work at getting off the line of scrimmage.
Round 7, Pick 35
Billy Bajema, Tight End, 6-4 7/8", 261 lbs, 4.8/40
The 49ers final pick of the draft was also a tight end selection.  A talented player who is also very smart.  Billy Bajema, has big arms and a really solid upper body.  He is a good pass blocker and adjust well to the ball when it's in the air.  Needs to become stronger, particularly in his lower body and work on his hands to get off his blocks.  Bajema will compete with fellow rookie Patrick Estes for a spot as the teams third tight end.
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