Drafting late in the round has a cumulative effect which coupled with all the success on the field
may cause them problems with players aging, feeling underpaid, not appreciated, etc. Meanwhile,
they are not adding those elite pieces drafting high put into place.
This cycle of rising and falling through the draft seems to be a design to promote parity.
Some of the teams, however, seem to have figured out how to maintain a pretty high
level of excellence despite that. The Pats, Giants, Ravens and Pissburg spring to mind.
Don't know about the 49'ers, but the Seahawks are showing signs of being one of the teams
who have figured it out. Pete and Jon have added quality in the early, middle and late rounds.
Jon won't let them get too old and if a player's head got too big, I don't think Pete would
hesitate an instant before giving him an apple and a road map.