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Grading the San Francisco 49ers’ 2014 Draft Picks

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Grading the San Francisco 49ers' 2014 Draft Picks

Jim Harbaugh Trent Baalke San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers made 12 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. I didn't think they'd keep that many of their picks because they have so few roster spots available, but even with 12 picks, they got really good value with most of them. Here’s a round-by-round look at how the 49ers did.

Round 7

Trey Millard Oklahoma University
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Round 7

Trey Millard Oklahoma University
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The 49ers made two selections in this round: fullback Trey Millard and defensive end Kaleb Ramsey. Millard has a very good chance to make the team and be a special teams ace while Ramsey has a lot of injury problems and plays at a deep position for the 49ers. With the stacked personnel on the 49ers, if you can grab any player who will most likely make the 52-man roster, you got great value.

Round Grade: B+

Round 5

Aaron Lynch South Florida University
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Round 5

Aaron Lynch South Florida University
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In this round, the 49ers drafted linebacker Aaron Lynch, cornerback Keith Reaser, and cornerback Kenneth Acker. Lynch has some character questions but is quite a talent. Reaser will go on the PUP list and get his shot next season. Acker will probably make the roster in some fashion, even if it’s the practice squad. Good value.

Round Grade: A-

Round 4

Bruce Ellington South Carolina University
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Round 4

Bruce Ellington South Carolina University
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This round might have had their best value. They drafted cornerback Dontae Johnson and wide receiver Bruce Ellington. Both of these guys will come in and compete for playing time right away. Both are also extremely versatile and can fill needs. Ellington is the speedy receiver they were looking for while Johnson is the big corner they were looking for.

Round Grade: A

Round 3

Marcus Martin USC Trojans
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Round 3

Marcus Martin USC
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This round was for the big boys: tackle Brandon Thomas, linebacker Chris Borland, and center Marcus Martin. Thomas will be on the PUP list and is going to get his chance next year. Martin was the best center in the draft and is likely going to take the starting job from Daniel Kilgore. Borland will compete right away for the starting linebacker spot until NaVorro Bowman returns.

Round Grade: A+

Round 2

Carlos Hyde Ohio State Buckeyes
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Round 2

Carlos Hyde Ohio State Buckeyes
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The 49ers picked Frank Gore’s replacement, running back Carlos Hyde. Hyde is a big, powerful back who will most likely take 10 carries per game from Gore right off the bat. When Gore is eventually gone, I expect them to use Hyde and Marcus Lattimore to wear defenses out all game long. Hyde can also catch the ball extremely well for a running back.

Round Grade: A

Round 1

Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
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Round 1

Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
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Possibly the best safety in the draft fell to them in this round: Jimmie Ward out of Northern Illinois. Ward is a true free safety but can also play the nickel cornerback position. This season, he will most likely get most of his snaps at that spot, but I expect the 49ers to eventually move free safety Eric Reid over to the strong safety position and let Ward play back there.

Round Grade: A+