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Grading Each of the San Francisco 49ers' Drafts over the Past Five Years
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Eric Reid is the 49ers' first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The San Francisco 49ers have tried to build their team largely through the draft. Eschewing high-priced free agents, GM Trent Baalke has focused his energy on acquiring the bulk of his talent in the draft.

The strategy of building through the draft is essential for cost control, as the free-agent market is extremely expensive. With salary cap limitations facing every team, those who cannot find good, young talent in the draft are doomed to ultimate failure.

In 2013, Baalke selected 11 players. Although some may not make the roster, the 49ers have plenty of talent to mold into their system.

It is obviously far too early to give a grade to the 2013 class, but let's go back over the prior five drafts and rate each one.

All stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.

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