Debating Points: Who Had The Best Draft?

Photo taken by Al Bello/Getty Images
Photo taken by Al Bello/Getty Images

The NFC West features two of the NFL’s most stacked rosters: the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. The latter ventured to the Super Bowl, and boosted their roster even more via the draft.

It marks one week since Night One of the 2013 NFL Draft occurred. What a night it was; marked by joy and devastation. 

On that night, the San Francisco 49ers traded up to scoop up S Eric Reid out of LSU. The Niners don’t have many holes on any side of the ball, but the safety situation was glaring after S Dashon Goldson signed elsewhere.

Next, they used the second round to pick DE Cornellius “Tank” Carradine. Carradine somehow slid to the second round, and the Niners took advantage by selecting Carradine, a very athletic edge rusher. 

Their other hole was at tight end, and they drafted TE Vance McDonald to fill the void. Following that pick, they went with another pass rusher (DE Corey Lemonier) and bolstered their wide receiver core by adding WR Quinton Patton.

The Niners’ most notable pick is their 4th round compensatory selection of RB Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore suffered a torn ACL/MCL/PCL/LCL and broke his femur and his patella. Recovering for that injury takes time, and he’ll receive as much as he needs with the Niners’ running back depth chart as deep as it is. 

They had quality picks later on, and notably signed UDFA DE Lawrence Okoye, a British Olympian who’s never played American football before.

Credit has to be given to GM Trent Baalke, a top-tier general manager who has been a large factor in the 49ers’ recent success. They already had one of the league’s top rosters, and it’s even better. 

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