Could 49ers’ entire draft class make roster?

It may be years before we know whether Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati are the Pro Bowl linemen the 49ers hope they are, or whether S Taylor Mays and LB NaVorro Bowman can be long-term NFL starters.

By one measure, though, the 49ers’ 2010 draft is shaping up to be a success: It’s looking highly likely that all eight picks will make the 53-man roster.

Davis, Iupati, Mays and Bowman are practically guaranteed spots among the 53. Sixth- and seventh-round picks don’t receive such guarantees. But RB Anthony Dixon has shown loads of potential during the preseason; Nate Byham has been getting heavy reps as a tight end and H-back; Kyle Williams was so far ahead of the other punt returners that his sprained big toe might not be enough to deny him; and Phillip Adams has been one of the summer’s pleasant surprises, both as a cornerback and as a return man.

Give the 49ers’ front office credit. Getting your entire slate of draftees onto a regular-season roster is never a given, but this team did it five times between 2000 and 2007.

The least likely year may have been 2001, when the Niners had three sixth-round picks and two seventh-rounders. All of them – WR Cedrick Wilson, CB Rashad Holman, DE Menson Holloway, LB Alex Lincoln and TE Eric Johnson – played in the regular season, and Wilson and Johnson were pretty good.

The 2006 club did it with three sixth-rounders (TE Delanie Walker, S Marcus Hudson and DE Melvin Oliver), and a seventh-rounder (Vickiel Vaughn). The 2010 model is trying to equal that tally.

Again, depth isn’t the only way to gauge a draft class. You need some star power near the top to really be considered a success. But if Trent Baalke can claim eight legitimate NFL players in his first go-round as personnel director, it will be quite a feather in his cap.

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