San Francisco 49ers 2014 NFL Draft Review
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
1 (30) - Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois; 2 (57) - Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State; 3 (70) - Marcus Martin, OC, USC; 3 (77) Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin; 3 (100) - Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson; 4 (106) - Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina; 4 (129) - Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State; 5 (150) - Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida; 5 (170) - Keith Reaser, CB, Florida Atlantic; 6 (180) - Kenneth Acker, CB, SMU; 7 (243) - Kaleb Ramsey, DE, Boston College; 7 (245) - Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
Top Picks Analysis: Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh might not like each other personally but come draft time the 49ers' GM and head coach sure make beautiful music together.
San Francisco has another excellent draft despite starting out at No. 30 overall, where they took Northern Illinois playmaking safety Jimmie Ward, a natural center fielder who must overcome a few durability issues, to team with lat year's first-round pick, Eric Reid, in the team's defensive backfield.
With their second-round pick the Niners snared one of the best pure runners in the draft, Ohio State's Carlos Hyde, a 6-foot, 230-pound mauler between the tackles.
"The 49ers like to bludgeon people running the football. That's what Hyde can do," NFL Network Draft analyst Charles Davis said.
The third round is where Baalke and Harbaugh scored really big, though, snaring three excellent choices -- USC center Marcus Martin, perhaps the best pure pivot in the process, Wisconsin inside linebacker Chris Borland, who could hold down the fort while NaVorro Bowman recovers from his gruesome leg injury, and Clemson guard Brandon Thomas, who had a second-round grade before recently tearing his ACL.
Best Value Pick: Thomas won one of the better guard prospects in this draft before tearing his ACL during a pre-draft workout with New Orleans. The Niners are talented enough to redshirt him for a year -- just like they did with Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore in 2013 -- and wait for his ceiling as a player.
Questionable Calls: Still waiting for one.
Summary: There is a reason San Francisco has been the most talented team in football from one through 53 for three years running and it all starts on draft day.
FINAL GRADE: A
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: QB Kory Faulkner, Southern Illinois; DE Morgan Breslin, USC; S L.J. McCray, Catawba; TE Asante Cleveland, Miami; LB Shayne Skov, Stanford; C Dillon Farrell, New Mexico; OT Fou Fonoti, Michigan State
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