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2013 NFL Draft: Grades For The San Francisco 49ers Selections

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When the 2013 NFL Draft started the San Francisco 49ers had 13 total picks and with that advantage it allowed for the team to make a number of moves throughout.

Their first move was to trade up with the Dallas Cowboys for the 18th pick. That selection turned into Eric Reid a free safety out of Louisiana State University. It was an interesting choice as there were two other safeties that made more sense.

For Reid he’s known for his ability to hit and struggled at times in coverage. In 2012 he came up with 91 tackles, a tackle for loss, seven passes broken up and two interceptions.

GradeC

General Manager Trent Baalke understood that the 49ers desperately needed help at defensive end and traded down with the Tennessee Titans to the 40th pick to take Cornellius Carradine.

For Florida State he recorded 80 tackles including 13 for loss, 11 sacks and forced a fumble. He will  get the chance to learn from Justin Smith.

Grade: A

With Delanie Walker leaving for the Titans his replacement comes with the 55th pick of the draft which got acquired from the Green Bay Packers in tight end Vance McDonald.

He’s got the size to become a very good red zone target for Colin Kaepernick. In 10 games for Rice in 2012 he caught 36 passes for 458 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore he did catch eight touchdown passes for the Owls.

GradeB

Another move made with the Packers this time to get the 88th pick and selected was outside linebacker Corey Lemonier out of Auburn.  While he didn’t have a stellar season in 2012, the prior season he did record 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, forced five fumbles and blocked a kick or a punt.

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GradeB

With two wide receivers coming back from serious injuries and a first round pick that didn’t catch a pass the entire 2012 season, the 49ers took Quinton Patton out of Louisiana Tech with the 128th pick.

In 2012 he caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards, averaged 13.4 yards per reception to along with 13 touchdowns.

GradeA

With a compensatory pick at no.131 running back Marcus Lattimore got taken. He’s coming off a serious injury, yet has first round talent. The great news is that even if he doesn’t suit up for the entire season there’s depth at running back with Frank Gore, Kendall HunterLaMichael James and Anthony Dixon.

His only complete season came in his freshman year when he carried the ball 249 times for 1,197 yards, averaged 4.8 yards per carry and found the end zone 17 times. In that year he caught 29 passes for 412 yards and two touchdowns. He could eventually replace Gore as the starting running back.

Grade

With the 157th pick which got acquired from the Indianapolis ColtsQuinton Dial got picked. He adds depth at defensive tackle and in 2012 for Alabama registered 21 tackles, five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

GradeB- 

This pick acquired from the Miami Dolphins and it was Florida State outside linebacker Nick Moody. He started out as a safety and then moved to linebacker.

Will likely see time on special teams if he makes the roster. In 2012 he recorded 20 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a pass broken up.

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GradeC+

At no.237 the pick of B.J. Daniels the quarterback out of South Florida. Will provide competition for the no.3 quarterback spot. He threw for 2,o75 yards, completed 56.9 percent of his passes and threw 14 touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Also, possesses the ability to make plays by running the football as he had 104 carries for 434 yards and five touchdowns.

GradeC

Carter Bykowski the 246th pick won’t likely get the chance to make the active roster, could find himself on the practice squad with the depth that the 49ers have.

GradeB-

Taken with their final selection, Marcus Cooper a cornerback from Rutgers. He’s a taller cornerback at 6’2″ and in 2012 had 42 tackles, three tackles for loss, three passes broken up, an interception and blocked a kick or a punt.

Overall Grade: A

 

Robert D. Cobb
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