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2010 NFL Draft: Why the 49ers Trading up To No. 11 Was a Bad Move

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Offensive lineman Anthony Davis of Rutgers runs during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Lou DiPietroAnalyst IApril 23, 2010

Anthony Davis is a good football player.

But the Niners trading up two spots to get him is bad for one simple reason: There was likely no reason for it.

While they only gave up a fourth-round pick (No. 113 overall) to move up, it seems like a pointless move. It's highly likely that Davis would've been available at No. 13, especially given that San Diego traded into the No. 12 spot—and neither Denver nor Miami needed an offensive lineman anyway.

So while it's a small, calculated risk to make sure they got their man, the Niners may not have really needed to take that risk at all.

And that's never worth any late-round pick.

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