Just minutes after wheeling and dealing in the second-round before selecting Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde, the 49ers struck again as they traded down with the Jacksonville Jaguars. A trade that saw the 49ers part ways with their second-round pick (No. 61) in exchange for the Jaguars third-round pick (No. 70) and (No. 150) the 49ers parlayed their way in a two-for-one deal while only dropping nine spots in the process.
In the third-round (No. 70) the 49ers then selected USC C Marcus Martin. At 6-3 and 320 pounds, Martin is a physical freak. Not to mention he has the elongated wingspan that GM Trent Baalke covets measuring at 34-inches you can see why Baalke loves this Pac-12 kid. A high character kid while being named a team captain as a junior, Martin is wired right making him a logical choice. But the question remains, where does he fit in the 49ers offense? Considering the 49ers are basically set along the line for upcoming season, it’s Martin’s versatility that will eventually allow him playing time down the road.
A true road grader, Martin can play anywhere along the interior line, making him very valuable. And with G Mike Iupati’s contract coming up, there is no guarantee he will be re-signed, leaving the 49ers to look for an insurance policy. A great value find as the 49ers continue to add depth while filling needs, the 49ers continue to find value as other teams draft for need.