The San Francisco 49ers reportedly acquired rookie center Nick Easton from the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He'll provide depth at a position of need while Daniel Kilgore is sidelined.
Easton, 23, went undrafted out of Harvard before latching on with Baltimore. While he showcased plenty of upside during training camp and the preseason, he was destined to become the odd man out because of the Ravens' depth at center.
Rather than cutting him ahead of Saturday's deadline to trim rosters to 53 players, the Ravens were able to find a suitor in the 49ers. Marcus Martin is the team's projected starter while Kilgore recovers from a lower leg injury.
If Easton can build off his strong play in the exhibition games, he could push for a spot in the starting lineup, with Martin capable of shifting elsewhere on the line. The first-year player graded out as the top center in the NFL during the preseason, according to Jeff Deeney of Pro Football Focus.
It's a nice low-risk addition for the center-needy 49ers. Success in the preseason doesn't always translate to the games that actually count, but Easton showed enough positive signs to take a chance on him.