Now comes the fun part.
I will lay out my reasoning clearly before stating my final grade.
The 49ers averted disaster in this draft by avoiding the five biggest pitfalls I saw for them going in: trading for Ben Roethlisberger, drafting Jimmy Clausen, drafting C.J. Spiller, drafting Dez Bryant, and drafting Jahvid Best.
Nearly all of their picks added value to the team and almost all of them addressed a direct need for the team.
Those facts establish the 49ers at a minimum of a C overall, in that they made reasonable selections which improved the team. Now to strive for better.
The 49ers did an excellent job addressing what was the consensus top need for the team, bringing in two uniquely talented offensive linemen to shore up a unit that had struggled mightily in recent years.
With the return of Barry Sims and a now-healthy Joe Staley, the 49ers had a solid basis around which to build a controlling and balanced offensive attack for years to come.
By all accounts they also seem to have grabbed a quality lineman in Anthony Davis who may actually be better than a prospect many had ranked ahead of him in Bryan Bulaga. If this plays out to be true, more power to San Francisco.
The 49ers also did a fairly good job of addressing secondary needs: landing a potential stud in Taylor Mays at a spot where he was certainly not an over-investment, and addressing RB and WR depth through the additions of Anthony Dixon and Kyle Williams.
They are a far cry from Toby Gerhart and Jordan Shipley, but may wind up being much better values and should compete for playing time starting in their rookie seasons.
That is all to the 49ers’ favor and clearly establishes this draft as being well above average. But do they deserve an A?
Call me a perfectionist, but I still think that the overly-aggressive approach to the offensive line in the first round cost their ability to address needs more evenly in this draft.
Taylor Mays will most likely be limited in his contributions this season and the lack of another elite defensive back means that the 49ers did little to address their needs in the secondary.
They can still succeed with what they have, but they failed to take full advantage of all their options in my mind.