San Francisco 49ers: 6 Bold Predictions for 2014 NFL Draft Class

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San Francisco 49ers: 6 Bold Predictions for 2014 NFL Draft Class
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Like this pick-six versus Purdue, Northern Illinois defensive back Jimmie Ward will go interception-crazy for the 49ers in 2014.

The San Francisco 49ers produced the best and boldest NFL draft class in 2014, scoring hits on need and depth.

The team capitalized on wildly absurd value to the point of landing significant prospects multiple rounds lower than what their original projections dictated.

49ers General Manager Trent Baalke grabbed USC's Marcus Martin—a first-round quality center—at pick No. 70 in Round 3. He also stole South Carolina's Bruce Ellington, one of the top slot wideouts in this class, all the way at No. 106 in the fourth round.

When a team sacrifices next season's first- and fourth-round picks for one wide receiver (see: the Buffalo Bills and Sammy Watkins), Baalke's draft-day accomplishments are the stuff of unadulterated genius by comparison.

The 49ers roster is indeed now flush with talent for the foreseeable future.

But what about the on-field production from these esteemed draftees? What kind of big-time, concrete numbers can they attain on the gridiron beyond their preseason hype?

Here are six bold predictions for the 49ers' 2014 draft class.

Note: This slideshow will align each prediction with a draft pick in the reverse order of the draft from Round 7 to Round 1.

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