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Is Doug Martin worth a Round 2 pick?
Bleacher Report will be providing a grade for each pick and draft move.
The 49ers were judged in the first round on their ability to either move up and grab a high-profile player or find solid value with the 30th pick. They failed here, but they got the player they want at a position of need. They deserve some benefit of the doubt until he gets on the field.
San Francisco had very little else they "needed" to do in this draft. I would have liked to see them take a chance on a cornerback in Round 3 or grab a defensive tackle or a guard. They missed out on at least a few good options with their trade.
I also expected them to find a running back later in the draft that could back up, and eventually replace, Frank Gore. Instead they opted for a fast complement. This is another pick I can't endorse but benefit of the doubt...
Round 1: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Round 2: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Rounds 3 and 4: Trades with the Colts, Dolphins and Panthers
Round 4: 49ers select Joe Looney, G, Wake Forest
Round 5: 49ers select Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame
Round 6: 49ers select Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
Round 6: 49ers select Jason Slowey, C, Western Oregon
Round 7: Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
Overall Grade: B