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May 5, 2014

Past five NFL draft classes have shown success, failures for 49ers

When he was evaluating his team’s previous drafts, longtime NFL front-office executive Bill Polian went by one criterion. “Did we get three or four players who contributed?” said Polian, now an ESPN analyst. “If you do that … you’ve had a very successful draft.”

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at
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