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The History of the 15th Overall Pick Since 1967

A look at some of the greatest draft selections ever made by the San Francisco 49ers.

Thursday's Niners Daily provides a historical perspective on the 15th overall pick, the selection the 49ers own in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Before the San Francisco 49ers go on the clock Thursday night in the first round of the Draft, let's take a look back at the 48 players who have been taken with the 15th overall pick since 1967. This weekend's installment of the draft is the 80th overall, but we start in 1967, the first year the AFL and NFL held a joint draft. The 15th overall pick that year was Alan Page, the only Hall of Famer to ever be taken in that draft slot.

The following year, 1968, is the only other time the 49ers have held the 15th pick since the AFL/NFL merger. The team took center Forrest Blue out of Auburn University. Blue spent his first seven NFL seasons in San Francisco from 1968-74, making four Pro Bowls with two All-Pro selections. He went on to finish his career playing four seasons in Baltimore.

The Rundown:

† - Denotes a Pro Bowl appearance


  • 17/48 were Pro Bowlers
  • All five picks from 2007-11 were Pro Bowlers
  • 26/48 were defensive players
  • 22/48 were offensive players

The hours of speculation are dwindling until NFL commissioner Roger Goodell takes the podium to announce the newest member of the San Francisco's 49ers. Whose name do you want the team to write on their first-round draft card?

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