The San Francisco 49ers have high hopes this year, as they look to pick up a collection of players that will give them the edge they need for next season. Fans and experts are looking for the team to pick up a dynamic cornerback or wide receiver early on to fill needed holes on the bench.
Here’s their full list of draft picks…
– Round 1: pick 30 (30)
– Round 2: pick 24 (56) (Chiefs)
– Round 2: pick 29 (61)
– Round 3: pick 13 (77) (Titans)
– Round 3: pick 30 (94)
– Round 3: pick 36 (100) (compensatory)
– Round 4: pick 29 (129)
– Round 5: pick 30 (170)
– Round 7: pick 27 (242) (Saints)
– Round 7: pick 28 (243) (Panthers)
– Round 7: pick 30 (245)
Before you skim this list too quickly, remember that the draft isn’t about any one particular slot, or even any particular player. It’s about control, and Trent Baalke, general manager of the Niners, potentially has more options, and more control, than anyone else this year.
The list above represents all of the team’s own picks (missing one that was traded to the Jaguars for Blaine Gabbert last month), plus a slew picked up from trades to other teams throughout the year. They were also awarded with the 100th pick as compensation for losing several free agents, including Dashon Goldson. We can ostensibly add to this long list two of last year’s picks to this year’s additions, as Marcus Lattimore and Tank Carradine missed their rookie season due to injuries. This could be a big year for the Niners.
With a stacked roster and so many picks, Baalke can relax a little in his picks. He could pick up another couple injured players in preparation for 2015, or skip an integral player knowing he can acquire him with a valuable trade of other players he can pick up with more ease.
What Baalke must find in order to have a competitive team this season is some speed on offense. Also, because of injuries threatening the seasons of Bowman and Aldon Smith, he probably wants to pick up a couple linebackers as insurance. There is also a rumor that the team will pick up Michael Sam, the NFLs first openly gay Division I player, out of sheer marketability in San Francisco.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the draft this weekend…go Niners!