For a second consecutive year, Trent Baalke pegged a first-round draft pick at least 24 hours before the actual draft.
In 2012, it was A.J. Jenkins who was the preferred pick of the San Francisco 49ers general manager. In 2013, the honor went to LSU safety Eric Reid.
Baalke’s 24-hour preference of the SEC safety was shared by Jed York.
The 49ers CEO offered a glimpse into Baalke’s pre-draft mindset in a Thursday night conversation with Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports.
“We weren’t nervous,” York said of the 49ers draft room. “Trent made up his mind yesterday what he wanted to do and he went out and did it. And if it hadn’t worked out, we’d have still had some pretty good options.”
Perhaps the 49ers will have those other options in play for the No. 34 overall pick, a selection they acquired from a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The fast-paced first-round of the NFL Draft is recapped in today’s Morning Tailgate.
On to the links…
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle shared Baalke’s comments on “absolutely” having a target at pick No. 34.
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News shared a running blog of the draft’s first round.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote about the draft offering a glimpse of the 49ers personnel future.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com discussed Reid’s outlook of starting in 2013.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today covered Reid’s previous history with coach Jim Harbaugh.
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