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Nick Easton to 49ers: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2015

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 29: Center Nick Easton #65 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on in the fourth quarter of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/ Getty Images)
Matt Hazlett/Getty Images

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.

Adam Caplan of ESPN first reported the agreement. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee confirmed Easton was heading to the 49ers via the offensive lineman's agent.

The Ravens confirmed the deal, saying they had received an undisclosed draft pick. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reported the selection is a conditional draft pick.

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.

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