49ers 2013 Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades
Welcome to Bleacher Report’s live coverage of the 2013 NFL draft!
After rifling through seasons of statistics, libraries of film, observing dozens of private and public workouts, and conducting numerous one-on-one interviews, the San Francisco 49ers finally have their board set.
At the controls in San Francisco’s war room is star GM Trent Baalke.
Considering his wherewithal and draft history, Baalke should be very proficient leading the 49ers with a league-high 13 draft picks. While the team has few holes on the roster, there is still room for improvement.
Headlining the 49ers’ top needs are safety, defensive line and tight end, so it will be exciting to see if they contemplate jumping up in Round 1. Between the state of the franchise and their current draft capital, the Niners have the most flexibility of any team in the 2013 draft.
As Day 1 begins, the 49ers are a team bound for movement.
In the following slides, we'll preview the 49ers' available picks and examine potential targets for the team on Day 1. Be sure to frequent this page for updates and analysis on San Francisco’s draft selections in 2013 as they happen.
2012 Draft Class
Round 1, No. 30: A.J. Jenkins, WR
Round 2, No. 61: LaMichael James, RB
Round 4, No. 117: Joe Looney, OL
Round 5, No. 165: Darius Fleming, LB
Round 6, No. 180: Trenton Robinson, S
Round 6, No. 199: Jason Slowey, OL
Round 7, No. 237: Cam Johnson, LB
2013 Available Draft Picks
Round 1, No. 31: San Francisco 49ers
Round 2, No. 34: San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)
Round 2, No. 61: San Francisco 49ers
Round 3, No. 74: San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers)
Round 3, No. 93: San Francisco 49ers
Round 4, No. 128: San Francisco 49ers
Round 4, No. 131: San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)*
Round 5, No. 157: San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis Colts)
Round 6, No. 173: San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland Browns)
Round 6, No. 180: San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins)
Round 7, No. 237: San Francisco 49ers
Round 7, No. 246: San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)*
Round 7, No. 252: San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection)*
Round 1, No. 18 (via Trade with Dallas): Eric Reid, S
As expected, the San Francisco 49ers maneuvered up the board in Round 1, trading the No. 31 and No. 74 overall picks to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 18.
In the middle of the first round, Trent Baalke took care of the team's biggest need, which was on the back end at safety.
San Francisco made hard-hitting defensive back Eric Reid of LSU their first pick in 2013, passing on Sharrif Floyd (Florida) and Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame).
Even though he was the second player taken at his position, the addition of Reid gives the Niners the No. 4-rated free safety in the NFL Draft, per Matt Miller of Bleacher Report. But given his physical approach to the game, many believed Reid was a perfect fit for this hard-nosed 49ers defense.
The 49ers are going with a cerebral approach, addressing their priorities early on. In year one, they are going to expect Eric Reid to fill the void left by All-Pro Dashon Goldson.
For a competitive team without many openings available, there will be a lot of pressure on Reid's shoulders to perform immediately.
Round 2, No. 40 (via Trade with Tennessee): Tank Carradine, DE/LB
Once the 49ers were on the clock on Day 2, they elected to move back, trading the No. 34 overall selection to the Tennessee Titans for Nos. 40, 217 overall and a third-rounder in 2014.
This was a superb move by Niners' star executive, Trent Baalke, who added significant draft capital next year and only moved back six spots.
And with the No. 40 overall pick in the 2013 draft, the San Francisco 49ers then selected Tank Carradine of Florida State.
The 49ers knocked it out of the park with this pick.
Carradine was one of the best players remaining on the board and he filled a glaring need. Earlier today, the former Seminole was projected to the 49ers at No. 34, but Baalke felt comfortable they could acquire him six picks later.
The fact that he was mocked to the 49ers shows he was perceived as a strong fit for the organization.
In his first year, Carradine will bring scheme versatility, along with a knack for rushing the passer. This is going to immediately upgrade San Francisco's front seven, alleviating some of the pressure off Aldon Smith.
At 6'4", 276 pounds, he will be able to line up in the 49ers' nickel, as well as play the end and outside linebacker roles in the base. He is a true hybrid defender that will be deployed as a weapon in Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme.
A nasty 49ers defense just got a whole lot nastier with Tank Carradine.
Round 2, No. 55 (via Trade with Green Bay): Vance McDonald, TE
The draft-rich 49ers continue to work the phones, having traded the Nos. 61 and 173 overall picks to the Green Bay Packers to move up to No. 55.
With their second second-rounder of the 2013 draft, the 49ers selected tight end Vance McDonald of Rice.
This was another solid Day 2 pick by San Francisco, addressing a third straight need. The departure of Delanie Walker to Tennessee left the Niners and their tight end-friendly offense in a bit of a predicament.
This is a team that emphasizes the TE position in their offense, which makes the McDonald selection an exciting choice for the 49ers.
The 49ers are looking to get more dynamic with their pair of tight ends, bringing in McDonald (6'4", 267 lbs.) to complement all-star Vernon Davis. This could very well add a unique dimension to a high-volume offense in San Francisco.
Round 3, No. 88 (via Trade with Green Bay): Corey Lemonier, DE/LB
Unbelievably, the 49ers make their fourth pick of the 2013 draft, and again, it's via trade.
For a second time on Day 2, San Francisco found a trade partner in Green Bay, moving up to select Auburn linebacker Corey Lemonier at No. 88 overall. The Niners sent their Nos. 93 and 216 overall picks to the Packers in order to secure their guy.
This selection gives the 49ers yet another edge rusher in this draft.
Recognizing a dire need, San Francisco doubly upgrades the pass-rush by adding both Carradine and now Lemonier. At 6'4", 255 pounds, Lemonier is going to give the Niners a situational player that excels at getting in the opponent's backfield.
This is an interesting pick that replenishes their front seven and ultimately helps the defensive guys on the back end.
49ers select Auburn DE/OLB Corey Lemonier with No. 88 overall pick. Edge rusher blazed a 4.60 forty at the Combine #NFLDraft— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) April 27, 2013
Round 4, No. 128: Quinton Patton, WR
For the first time in the draft, the 49ers stayed put and used one of their original draft selections.
At the bottom of Round 4, San Francisco selected WR Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech.
This was a great value pick for the 49ers.
Patton is superb route-runner; clean in and out of his breaks. He looks the ball in very well and makes spectacular hands catches. For the spread-type offense the 49ers are building, Patton (6'0", 204 lbs.) is a tremendous fit.
He always finds a way to get open, and now with Colin Kaepernick behind center, a high-ceiling prospect like Patton has a chance to thrive.
With 7 picks to burn today, #49ers deployed their first one (No. 128 overall) on WR Quinton Patton (LaTech).
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) April 27, 2013
Round 4, No. 131: Marcus Lattimore, RB
The 49ers pulled the trigger on one of the most prolific athletes in the draft, selecting South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
San Francisco adds first-round talent in Round 4 with Lattimore, taking arguably the best available RB in 2013.
It was an interesting match from the beginning, given the 49ers' talent-laden roster and Lattimore's injury status. This is the best potential landing spot for the former Gamecock who will have a chance to rehabilitate and absorb this offense.
#49ers strike again in fourth round: South Carolina (injured) RB Marcus Lattimore
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) April 27, 2013
Round 5, No. 157: Quinton Dial, DE
The 49ers stayed put in the fifth-round, waiting their turn to select Alabama DE Quinton Dial.
At No. 157 overall, Dial is the 49ers' fourth defensive prospect in this draft, and third from the SEC.
This is no surprise given that the team's National Scout, Matt Malaspina, specializes in the Southeastern Conference. And with the need in the defensive front this year, the 49ers were in a position to find some of the best talent in the nation.
At 6'5", 318 pounds, Dial gives the 49ers another potential weapon up front. The Niners are trying to get deeper long their line, so they can rotate a group of effective players, keeping guys fresh in the meantime.
Quinton Dial will come in as a developmental player, but has upside learning behind veterans like Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
5 (157) #49ers DL Quinton Dial: JUCO transfer might have starred elsewhere but signed w/ Alabama to win. Great length, surprising technique
— NFLDraftScout.com (@DraftScout) April 27, 2013
Round 6, No. 180: Nick Moody, LB
Nearing the final round of the 2013 draft, the 49ers select LB Nick Moody at No. 180 overall.
This is the second Florida State defenseman San Francisco has added to their roster in this draft (Tank Carradine, No. 40). At 6'1", 236 pounds, Moody is a versatile player, having moved to linebacker from the safety spot.
The school of thought here is the 49ers add another pure football player—one who has athleticism and tracks the ball carrier well. If Moody can emerge in training camp by shining on special teams, there might be a place for him on the final roster.
This is a smart late-round addition by the Niners. Although the 49ers bypassed Georgia FS Bacarri Rambo, which is interesting.
Rambo has been slipping but has surefire talent. He would also be able to legitimately compete for a prominent role, which Moody cannot be expected to do given the depth at LB.
Round 7, No. 237: B.J Daniels, QB
In Round 7, the 49ers select B.J. Daniels of South Florida.
The 5'10" prospect brings athleticism to the quarterback position, which is definitely a trait San Francisco looks for. However, with Tennessee's Tyler Bray still on the board, this is sort of a surprise. Perhaps the Niners were not interested in a pocket passer.
During his career with the Bulls, Daniels had over 10,000 all-purpose yards, including 2,068 yards on the ground (via Sports Reference).
The thing to remember here is Jim Harbaugh is a quarterback guru, and has done wonders with players with exceptional athletic ability. There is a chance Daniels emerges as a capable backup, but with Colt McCoy in the picture, there is no guarantee Daniels makes the final roster.
B.J. Daniels is first all-time in South Florida history with 25 rushing touchdowns.
— Taylor Price (@TaylorPrice49) April 27, 2013
Round 7, No. 246: Carter Bykowski, OT
With their first compensatory selection in Round 7, the 49ers selected Carter Bykowski of Iowa State.
This is their first offensive line selection in the 2013 draft, and at 6'7", 306 pounds, Bykowski is a sizable one.
Bykowski will come into camp this year and compete to provide depth at an otherwise shallow position. While the 49ers have a complete offensive line, the majority of their backups project as interior linemen.
With similar size, Bykowski will try to fill the backup role left behind by now-starting RG Alex Boone.
Round 7, No. 252: Marcus Cooper, CB
With San Francisco's final pick in the 2013 NFL draft, they chose Marcus Cooper of Rutgers.
The 6'2", 192-pound cornerback is an incredible physical specimen.
He brings imposing size to the 49ers' defensive backfield, which is an element they do not have outside of Chris Culliver.
He also has enticing speed for his size, having run a 4.45 40-yard dash at the Rutgers pro day, per CBS Sports.
As a seventh-rounder, he is a long-shot to make the roster. But under Ed Donatell's tutelage, and with this team's needs, he could be a surprise player in training camp this year.
Dylan DeSimone is the San Francisco 49ers' lead columnist for Bleacher Report. A former NFL journalist and fantasy football writer for SB Nation, Niners Nation and SB Nation Bay Area, Dylan now writes for B/R.
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