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Clausen? Nope -- 49ers put it on the line

Some asked before the draft whether the 49ers would invest both first-round picks in their offensive line.

I downplayed the odds. Generally the value doesn't line up with need to that degree.

The 49ers proved otherwise by selecting Idaho guard Mike Iupati at No. 17 after trading up for Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis.

San Francisco also added Mike Solari to coach its line this offseason.

The 49ers are acknowledging what fans knew -- that their offensive line let them down last season. Davis and Iupati give the 49ers building blocks to bolster a foundation already featuring tackle Joe Staley and center Eric Heitmann.

This move made sense after top defensive backs Eric Berry, Joe Haden and Earl Thomas were no longer available. This move also exposed the Jimmy Clausen rumors as smoke. If the 49ers really wanted Clausen, they wouldn't have taken a guard instead of him.

Case closed.