The 49ers were quiet on Day One of the 2014 Draft, but Day Two was a whole other matter. GM Trent Baalke made 5 trades up and down the board and one completely outside the board, netting 5 players and extra picks in this and next year’s draft.
Most observers felt the team would go after WRs and CBs in this draft, but through the first three rounds, they have not drafted any.
First round pick Jimmie Ward will no doubt play the slot CB role this coming year, but he was listed as a safety on draft boards. For the third WR so desperately needed, Baalke worked a trade with Buffalo for Stevie Johnson, a 27 year old proven talent that should instantly contribute, rather than sit and learn the game for a year or two.
Baalke’s Day Two M.O. looked pretty much like a BPA (Best Player Available) run. A RB (Carlos Hyde) nobody thought we needed, a center (Marcus Martin) to compete with the unproven Daniel Kilgore for the starting job, an ILB (Chris Borland) to give Michael Wilhoite a battle for the Navorro Bowman temp job, and the standard red shirter OG Brandon Thomas, who’ll rehab this year and provide insurance against Mike Iupati leaving the team next offseason.
That’s five players who will make the team, a team that was already the second best in the NFL last year. Not a bad draft. On the final day, Baalke has 7 picks — 2 4ths, 2 5ths, a 6th, and 2 7ths — to try and land a couple of hidden gems, useful backups, or demon special teamers. And make this a superlative draft.