The 49ers had three distinct areas of need (D-line, FS, and TE) going into the 2013 Draft and they addressed all three areas in the first two days. Whether the dresses added improve the comeliness of the product to the rude gaze of the vulgar multitude remains to be seen.
In Trent Baalke’s fourth draft, one thing has become clear: if he wants a player, he’s not afraid to trade up and get him. He traded up for Anthony Davis, Colin Kaepernick, and now FS Eric Reid and TE Vance McDonald. Baalke also likes to trade down, or for, picks in the next year’s draft, continually stockpiling ammo for the future.
For the record, here are the 49er picks, by round:
1 Reid, Eric FS
2 Carradine, Cornellius (Tank) DE
2 McDonald, Vance TE
3 Lemonier, Corey DE
4 Patton, Quinton WR
4 Lattimore, Marcus RB
5 Dial, Quinton DE
6 Moody, Nick OLB
7 Daniels, B.J. QB
7 Bykowski, Carter OT
7 Cooper, Marcus CB
Will these lads become Mighty Men, or squeak quietly off the stage and onward downward and into the sewers of life, outcasts from family and friends who have lost their dreams of a ride on the bling wagon of new cars and homes and babes and primo shit through a straw, doomed to a sad old tale in a bar: I coulda been a contender!.
Off the top, it looks like Demarcus Dobbs, Parys Haralson, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Will Tukuafu, plus 2012 picks Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming will all have a tough time staying on the roster this year. In addition, Ahmad Brooks might get pushed into Haralson’s old territory of being a two down player relieved of duty on passing downs.
First rounder Reid drew the most criticism over the weekend. Not so much from honking at his skills as sacrificing a third round pick to move up and get him. Carradine and Lattimore generated the most thumbs up.
Dallas owner Jerry Jones’ first round selection of a fourth round center would have gotten the most hoots at the draft if the pick were not so dangerously indicative of diminished capacity that ageistic insensitivity got called into play. Has the old reprobate entered the Alzheimer zone? You can’t laugh at these things [hahaha…whew!…hahaha].
The 49ers entered the draft with 13 picks and, as expected, did not use them all. They did make 11 selections, though, which would seem a high number for a club with few slots open. But three of the picks are lotto ticket 7th rounders and two will spend most, if not all, of 2013 rehabbing injuries. So the actual warm body contributors is more like six. That’s about right. In a few months, we’ll see how they do.