How the not so mighty have fallen. Former San Francisco 49ers first round pick A.J. Jenkins is in New Jersey this weekend for the New York Jets rookie minicamp. The 49ers traded Jenkins to the Kansas City Chiefs for Jon Baldwin in August 2013. Jenkins actually caught some passes in Kansas City, but still never quite got things going. The Chiefs placed him on injured reserve last November, and then waived him in February.
Jenkins is the last wide receiver the 49ers picked in the first round. The team drafted DeAndre Smelter this year in the fourth round, as he recovers from an ACL injury. The team signed Torrey Smith and still has Anquan Boldin, so it is not entirely shocking they did not go with a wide receiver in the first round. But we'll have to wait and see if Bruce Ellington and Quinton Patton bring something to the table, and how long it takes for Smelter to show what he's got. We'll see if Baalke is gun-shy at the position moving forward.
We've discussed the awfulness of the 49ers 2012 draft class over and over again. Here is a quick rundown of where the rest of that class is at this offseason:
RB LaMichael James: Joined the Dolphins after being released by the 49ers last year. He re-signed with them, inking a 1-year contract in March. He will compete for second and third string running back duties, but primarily for returner work.
OG Joe Looney: He has been the most productive of this group by a long shot, which is not saying much. Looney started four games last season due to various injuries. He started twice at right guard, once at left guard, and once at center. He made appearances in nine other games, and was active for all but one. He can be an adequate offensive lineman at times, but not a guy who has proven he should be starting. I suppose that makes for a decent backup, but one who could find himself out of a job with the 49ers if younger talent shows promise.
LB Darius Fleming: After two straight years of tearing his ACL, he was on the New England Patriots practice squad last season. He was promoted late in the year, and was on the roster for the Super Bowl in a special teams role.
S Trenton Robinson: Was active for three games in 2012 and then released at the end of training camp in 2013. He signed with Washington and re-signed with them in March, and plays primarily on special teams, although he does get a little defensive work in.
OL Jason Slowey: Never made it with the 49ers, he was waived by the Oakland Raiders in April 2013. He spent 2013 in the Arena Football League, and 2014 in the Canadian Football League.
DE Cam Johnson: Trade to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2015 seventh round pick. The 49ers dealt that pick to the Cowboys for a sixth round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Johnson is signed through the 2015 season. He appeared in 12 games in 2013 (5 total tackles), and then one in 2014 before suffering a triceps injury that landed him on injured reserve.