Here’s what the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about the 49ers’ first and third picks in the 1985 NFL draft, which started on April 30:
JERRY RICE, WR, Mississippi Valley State, 6-2, 203. Rice’s college statistics border on the phenomenal. He caught more than 300 passes for nearly 5000 yards in four seasons. The Southwestern Athletic Conference, with schools like Southern and Grambling, has been a productive source of NFL talent, but Rice is 49ers’ first draft pick from there since 1980, when they selected DL Ken Times and DB Herb Williams, both from Southern U., in fifth and sixth rounds. Neither made the team. He is first receiver taken by the 49ers in the first round since Terry Beasley, a bust, in 1972. 1st round, 16th player selected.
BRUCE COLLIE, OT, Texas-Arlington, 6-5 1/2, 275. He’s the kind of player 49ers’ OL coach Bobb McKittrick likes – a quick, agile, high-intensity, almost nasty man who dominated on a small-college level and can be developed with time into an NFL pass blocker. In college, Collie wasn’t called on to pass protect. McKittrick compares Collie’s intensity level with that of Guy McIntyre, last year’s rookie guard who likes to hit anything that moves. Collie has a big scar across his stomach – he was knifed once rescuing a girl from an attacker. Collie, born in West Germany, is the son of an Army doctor. 5th round, 140th player.