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Inactive rookies? 49ers are in their own category.

Like a lot of you, its struck me as strange that the 49ers first and second round picks, A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James, haven't seen the field yet. Is this a unique situation, or is this just how successful teams with deep rosters operate?

Well, this is my attempt to answer that question from an objective standpont. After a lot of googling, here's my tabulation of how every first and second round rookie from the 2012 draft is doing so far:

2012 1st and 2nd Round Rookies: Progress Report
Playing Time Situation Count
Game One Starter 26
Rotational Player 17
Starter Due to Positional Injury 7
Dealing with Injury Issues 6
Primary Backup, Generally Active 4
Generally Inactive (including Jenkins and LMJ) 3

To summarize: Other than A.J. Jenkins and LaMichael James, there is only one other first or second round rookie who's consistently been a healthy scratch this season. Of the 63 players taken in those rounds, 50 have seen consistent playing time, 4 are the primary backups at their position (with only one, QB Brock Osweiler, seeing no meaningful playing time), and 6 are dealing with injury issues. The other three early-round rookies are Jenkins, LMJ, and Eagles second round pick DE Vinny Curry, who is the 10th member of a fantastically deep Eagles defensive line.

Based on these numbers, it would be notable if the 49ers had kept one of their early picks inactive; that they've kept their first and second round pick off the field is nothing short of amazing. And no, I don't think that makes Jenkins and James "busts" -- its far too early to call them that. But it is very strange that neither of these guys are playing, and speaks to the unorthodox nature of the 49ers' 2012 draft strategy.

FWIW, here's the list of 1st and 2nd round rookies I put together (h/t the internet). Unless otherwise noted, players listed below were game one starters. If you see any mistakes, let me know.

1. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts
2. RGIII, QB, Redskins
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns
4. Matt Kalil, LT, Vikings
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jaguars
6. Morris Claiborne, CB, Cowboys
7. Mark Barron, S, Buccaneers
8. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins
9. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Panthers
10. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Bills
11. Dontari Poe, DT, Chiefs -- starter due to positional injury
12. Fletcher Cox, DT, Eagles -- rotational player
13. Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals -- rotational player, battling for WR3 position
14. Michael Brockers, DT, Rams -- dealing with injuries, has seen the field when healthy
15. Bruce Irvin, OLB, Seahawks -- rotational player, situational pass rusher
16. Quinton Coples, DT, Jets -- rotational player
17. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Bengals -- injured during camp, working back into the lineup this week
18. Melvin Ingram, LB, Chargers -- rotational player, situational pass rusher
19. Shea McClellin, DE, Bears -- rotational player, situational pass rusher
20. Kendall Wright, WR, Titans -- starter due to positional injury, battling for WR2 position
21. Chandler Jones, DE, Patriots
22. Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns
23. Riley Reiff, T, Lions -- primary OL backup and extra lineman in heavy formations
24. David Decastro, G, Steelers -- injured
25. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Patriots - injured
26. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Texans -- occasionally used backup and special teams player
27. Kevin Zeitler, G, Bengals
28. Nick Perry, OLB, Packers
29. Harrison Smith, S, Vikings
30. AJ Jenkins, WR, 49ers -- has not seen the field, inactive
31. Doug Martin, RB, Buccaneers
32. David Wilson, RB, Giants -- rotational player with increased playing time due to positional injuries

33. Brian Quick, WR, Rams -- rotational player, battling for WR4 position
34. Coby Fleener, TE, Colts
35. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Ravens -- rotational player
36. Derek Wolfe, DT, Broncos -- rotational player
37. Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Browns
38. Andre Branch, DE, Jaguars -- rotational player, situational pass rusher
39. Janoris Jenkins, CB, Rams
40. Amini Silatolu, G, Panthers
41. Cordy Glenn, OT, Bills -- injured
42. Jonathan Martin, OT, Dolphins
43. Stephen Hill, WR, Jets
44. Jeff Allen, G, Chiefs -- starter due to positional injury
45. Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears -- injured
46. Mychal Kendricks, LB, Eagles
47. Bobby Wagner, LB, Seahawks
48. Tavon Wilson, S, Patriots -- starter due to positional injury
49. Kendall Reyes, DT, Chargers -- rotational player
50. Isaiah Pead, RB, Rams -- rotational player who is losing playing time, also contributes on special teams
51. Jerel Worthy, DT, Packers -- starter due to positional injury
52. Zach Brown, LB, Titans -- starter due to positional injury, sort of (its complicated)
53. Devon Still, DT, Bengals -- rotational player
54. Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions -- rotational player, battling for WR4 position
55. Peter Konz, C, Falcons -- backup and extra lineman in heavy formations
56. Mike Adams, OT, Steelers -- starter due to positional injury
57. Brock Osweiler, QB, Broncos -- primary backup, has not seen the field outside of victory formations
58. Lavonte David, LB, Buccaneers
59. Vinny Curry, DE, Eagles -- has not seen the field, inactive
60. Kelechi Osemele, G, Ravens
61. LaMichael James, RB, 49ers -- has not seen the field, inactive
62. Casey Hayward, CB, Packers -- rotational player
63. Reuben Randle, WR, Giants -- rotational player

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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