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A.J. Jenkins: Is He A Bust?

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via blog.sfgate.com

Is A.J. Jenkins a bust? The 1st round draft pick didn't catch a single pass this entire season, which is particularly glaring given that the 49ers needed him to step up when receivers Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams went down with injuries.

Jenkins' struggles have been well documented this year, ranging from his inability to stay on his feet during training camp to his lack of focus in Sunday's game where he dropped an easy pass on 3rd down and then didn't know where to line up on a play later in the game.

So what can history tell us about Jenkins' prospects, given his dismal rookie year? If we look at other wide receivers previously drafted by the 49ers, those that didn't get off to a hot start rarely became accomplished receivers later on in their careers.

Below is a table showing rookie year performance by wide receivers drafted by the 49ers over the past 11 years. Some names will obviously stand out, such as Brandon Lloyd, Josh Morgan, and Michael Crabtree, all of whom are still starting receivers in the NFL, albeit that some are with other teams now.

49er Wide Receiver Draft Picks - Rookie Year Stats
Year Round First Name Last Name Receptions Yards TDs
2012 1 A.J. Jenkins 0 0 0
2011 6 Ronald Johnson 0 0 0
2010 6 Kyle Williams 1 8 0
2009 1 Michael Crabtree 48 625 2
2008 6 Josh Morgan 20 319 3
2007 3 Jason Hill 1 6 0
2006 3 Brandon Williams 0 0 0
2006 4 Michael Robinson 9 47 0
2005 5 Rasheed Marshall 1 -1 0
2005 7 Marcus Maxwell 0 0 0
2004 1 Rashaun Woods 7 160 1
2004 3 Derrick Hamilton 0 0 0
2003 4 Brandon Lloyd 14 212 2
2003 6 Arnaz Battle 0 0 0
2001 6 Cedrick Wilson 0 0 0

Unfortunately, few of the wide receivers drafted by the 49ers over the past 11 years have panned out. Players like Derrick Hamilton, Brandon Williams, and Ronald Johnson never caught a pass in the NFL while other players shown above had short-lived careers with sub-par stats.

The most notable 1st round bust shown above is Rashaun Woods, whose rookie year turned out to be his only year in the NFL, but at least he still caught a few passes and a touchdown.

So does all this mean that A.J. Jenkins is a sure-fire bust? Not exactly, but he'll need to turn his career around quickly or risk permanent irrelevance.

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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