Friday, April 26, 2013
49ers-Seahawks subterfuge or coincidence?
By Mike Sando
The San Francisco 49ers have addressed their top three needs methodically during the first two days of the 2013 NFL draft.
After drafting safety Eric Reid and defensive lineman Tank Carradine, the 49ers added a twist before taking Rice tight end Vance McDonald. They traded into the 55th slot, leaping over division-rival Seattle, which was scheduled to pick 56th. Coincidence? One division rival messing with another? You decide.
The Seahawks then traded the 56th pick to Baltimore for the 62nd, 165th and 199th picks. Seattle was either proceeding as it would have done anyway or, if you're into the divisional subterfuge narrative, they were telling the 49ers they didn't want to pick in that range anyway. So there.
That 199th pick Seattle acquired from the Ravens belonged originally to ... the 49ers. Baltimore acquired it in the Anquan Boldin trade.