Sakamoto: 49ers deal 3rd round pick to Saints, trade up with Vikings

The San Francisco 49ers initially had back-to-back picks to kickoff the third-round. They used their first third-round pick (No. 66) on CB Ahkello Witherspoon. They quickly traded away their second third-round pick (No. 67) which was originally acquired via the Chicago Bears trade to the New Orleans Saints.

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Again, the Niners came out winners with the draft day trades.

In a 2-for-1 deal, the 49ers received the Saints seventh-round pick (No. 229) this year and 2018 second-round pick next year. The five-time Super Bowl champions already owning the Bears 2018 third-round pick– picked up yet another top 100 selection, as GM John Lynch continues to work toward the future. 

The 49ers weren’t done there. Lynch working the phones again struck a 1-for-2 deal with the Minnesota Vikings. This time they moved up five spots in the third-round (No. 104) to secure Iowa QB C.J. Beathard. In return, the 49ers gave up their fourth-round pick (No. 109) and seventh-round pick (No. 219). 

A head-scratcher to many NFL analysts including Mel Kiper of ESPN. 

Kiper wrote:

I thought the 49ers had the best Day 1 of any team, but taking quarterback C.J. Beathard at No. 104 was just plain confusing. I said it on the broadcast: I think he’s a career backup. San Francisco took him in the third round over Peterman, Dobbs and Brad Kaaya. All three have higher upsides. Beathard is my 10th-ranked QB, and I even had Penn’s Alek Torgersen rated higher. I wrote Thursday that the Niners should take a flier on a developmental QB in the middle rounds, but this is too high for Beathard. He was No. 243 overall on my board.

I’d have to agree. Moving up five spots for a backup quarterback who would’ve likely been there at No. 109 is confusing. 

However, 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan felt strongly about the Iowa product. 

“We had an idea that C.J. might go in the fourth-round…Go up and get a good player that we believe in. Didn’t think it cost a lot in the long run [seventh-round pick]. So I’m real happy to get C.J. here,” Shanahan said. 

So the question remains, will Beathard compete for the starting quarterback spot in 2017? Not a chance. 

“We’re bringing him in here to develop him, give him a chance. Brian’s [Hoyer] our starting quarterback and right now, QB Matt Barkley is our second and I look at him to come in and be our third,” said Shanahan. 

In four seasons with Iowa, Beathard played 41 games (28 starts) while recording 40 touchdowns against 19 interceptions; a 2:1 ratio. 

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