The coming 49ers depth charge

San Francisco's future is in good shape, with draft the key

Updated: October 6, 2013, 2:35 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

LaMichael JamesKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLaMichael James hasn't been very productive so far in his San Francisco career.

It says a lot about the current state of your football team when even a critique turns into a compliment. Try this knock on the 49ers, for instance: Their 2012 draft could be a total bust.

Hey -- it might be. Depending on what happens with LaMichael James, who's sitting on 30 carries and 135 yards so far in his career, the class might not yield anything at all. James was the Round 2 pick, and first-rounder A.J. Jenkins is already gone, traded to K.C. for Jon Baldwin, who caught two passes for 19 yards in his one game so far this season. And that could really be it.

But here's that compliment: It probably won't matter.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst