Breaking Down San Francisco 49ers' Moves From Free Agency to Draft

By Thomas Emerick
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Trent Baalke has been on fire since ascending up the organizational ranks to the position of San Francisco 49ers general manager in summer 2011. After consecutive offseason of great late-free agency moves along with an incredible 2011 draft, Baalke has made things happen via trade this offseason while letting the right people walk away.

Bringing in veteran receiver Anquan Boldin just sounds like such a perfectly Niners thing to do since the Jim Harbaugh era began in San Fran. Boldin fits the Niners MO of posing one of the most intimidating forces physically at his position. While he may not be able to out-run pretty much any defensive back in the league, his ability to haul in passes with a defender draped all over and block on the outside will be crucial for Colin Kaepernick.

Dashon Goldson might be a bit of an overrated loss and they did a nice job of replenishing the safety corps by moving up in the draft —  at a nice draft-pick price — to snag the Dallas Cowboys’ 18th overall selection to take safety Eric Reid.

“He’s a prototype safety in terms of size,” Baalke told the media draft weekend. “… He’s got the height, weight, speed that we were looking for at the position. He’s smart, he’s tough, he’s a physical football player and we really felt he was an all-around safety. He can play high, he can play low, he’s done a lot in the back half and he’s also done a lot moving up into the box.”

Stock Up or Down? They were already NFC and Super Bowl favorites heading into this offseason in the minds of the masses, and I would argue that they somehow only got better.

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