Friday, April 26, 2013
Stockpiling for future remains 49ers' way
By Mike Sando
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said his team had a specific player in mind with the 34th choice in the 2013 NFL draft.
Perhaps the team will get that player with the 40th choice instead.
The 49ers traded the 34th pick to Tennessee for the 40th and 216th choices, plus a 2014 third-rounder. Adding a third-round pick in 2014 continues to set up the 49ers for the future. Losing six spots in the second round was no problem for a 49ers team with few holes in its roster.
The Titans used the 34th pick for receiver Justin Hunter.
Zach Ertz, the Stanford tight end some thought the 49ers might covet, went to Philadephia at No. 35. Ertz played for 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford and against new Eagles coach Chip Kelly when Kelly was at Oregon.