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Monday, April 8, 2013

49ers recent moves display teams priorities without effecting draft position

In light of the recent moves made by the 49ers, re-signing offensive Tackle Anthony Davis, and trading for back-up Quarterback Colt McCoy, I cannot see these moves effecting the Niners draft priorities.

In extending Anthony Davis the 49ers have locked up the big man through 2019. Davis agreed to a 5 year 37.2 million extension, which solidifies an offensive line for today and years to come. The 49ers originally selected Davis out of Rutgers in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft with the 11th overall pick. The Davis move is another smart business move made by Baalke, as locking up Davis is set to be the first of many big names being extended or re-signed. Especially with Mike Iupati, receiver Michael Crabtree, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick all due to hit the free agent market in 2015. All key players to the 49ers Super Bowl run last season. With the vast improvement of Crabtree last season, Iupati quite possibly the best offensive guard in the NFL, and Kaepernick a rising star, all appear to be priorities of Baalke and his regime this coming season. Lets not forget Aldon Smith who will be a free agent in 2016. All expecting big payouts and long term deals, and with exception of Crabtree whom I believe needs to show consistency in his stellar play, deservingly so.

Despite the offensive lines solid play last season do not be surprised if the 49ers draft a back up center and possible future replacement for the 34 year old veteran Jonathan Goodwin the lone weak spot on the offensive line. Solidifying the middle of that line will only mean more time for Kaepernick in the pocket and a more explosive ground and pound game, something I'm sure the veteran running back Frank Gore would greatly appreciate.

Speaking of ground and pound do not be surprised if the Niners select a down hill style running back in the late rounds to groom behind Gore, as Anthony Dixon has not been the answer, and depth is needed behind the aging Gore. With Kendall Hunter returning from injury and LaMichael James showing great potential last season, another big back will only add to the explosiveness in the backfield.

With 13 picks in the draft you can be sure the 49ers will fill all the holes they have with young studs, whether trade back for future compensations, or trade up aggressively nabbing the talent they want and surely need. Needs at Free Safety and Defensive line should be priorities, but do not be surprised to see a lot of activity by the Niners on draft day, as they possess 8 selections in the first 5 rounds, including two in the 2nd round, two in the 3rd, and two picks in the 4th round. With this years draft presenting some defensive standouts the 49ers have plenty of options and even more opportunities to improve upon an already solid roster of talent. Bring on the draft!!!
Rob Lara

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