San Francisco 49ers Draft: 5 Things That Must Happen in Final Rounds

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San Francisco 49ers Draft: 5 Things That Must Happen in Final Rounds
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By the time the San Francisco 49ers got to the stage with their 30th pick, Trent Baalke, the San Francisco 49er general manager, had many options.

Coby Fleener was there.

Cordy Glenn was there.

Janoris Jenkins was there.

And Baalke selected A.J. Jenkins, the wide receiver out of Illinois. Great speed, great hands, with an average per catch under 15 when other big-time stars would come close to 20.

The eye in the sky doesn’t lie, that’s Baalke’s credo. Film study showed Jenkins’ great speed and sure hands. They want him to be the outside receiver who presents “over the top” speed that takes the corners deep, meaning the safeties have to follow.

From an organizational perspective, however, the many trades in the first round shows  that under the new salary structure teams realize that the price of getting the player you really, really want isn’t that much of a difference when it comes to early, middle or late first-round selection.

The Cowboys, in one of the best counter-intel moves of recent drafts, said Alabama safety Mark Barron was their man. Oops. They traded up and took LSU CB Morris Claiborne at No. 6. The Cowboys could have got Barron at No. 14 and paid X. Now they’ll pay 25 percent more for Claiborne. To Jerry Jones and folks, it was a no-brainer.

The Bucs, who were slated by experts to take Claiborne, had to settle for Barron at No. 7. Was there a mock draft that predicted that move? I dare say no.

This was a draft that teams decided to go after who they felt was the best player to fit their team. That also means for the next two days, more top-notch players, at least those according to mock draft experts, will be available. Will that help the Niners?

Here are five things San Francisco needs to do in the last four rounds, but lest we forget:

Coby Fleener is there.

Cordy Glenn is there.

Janoris Jenkins is there.

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