San Francisco 49ers: 4 Key Prospects the Team Passed over in the 2013 NFL Draft

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San Francisco 49ers: 4 Key Prospects the Team Passed over in the 2013 NFL Draft
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Identifying faults in how the San Francisco 49ers conducted their 2013 NFL draft board was not something that even the omniscient Mel Kiper Jr. would dare attempt.

General manager Trent Baalke honed in on key prospects, utilized any form of trade for their acquisition and received optimum value while doing so.

Free safety Eric Reid and defensive end Tank Carradine were prime examples of such draft-day maneuverings. Landing receiver Quinton Patton—a second-round talent—at No. 128 overall in the fourth showcased Baalke’s acumen for late-round steals.

But what purpose would post-draft analysis hold if we couldn’t honor our natural skepticism and second-guess the decision-makers?

Let us now make acquaintance with our inner detractor and explore four key prospects that the 49ers passed over in this year’s draft.

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