The Art (and Science) of Drafting: III. 49ers vs. Patriots in the Salary CapEra - Niners Nation This is part two of a two part series. The first was a recap of all 49ers drafts going back to 1994 comparing where they've succeeded vs. where they've failed. Part two is comparing San Fran drafts vs. New England's drafts, as they consider the Pats to be the gold standard. Makes for an interesting read.