Many people including myself had anticipated the San Francisco 49ers making a splash in the first-round. A team that had a plethora of draft picks at their disposal, it only made sense for them to target a top tier wide receiver. Instead the 49ers did the unthinkable as they drafted Northern Illinois SS Jimmie Ward. A versatile defensive back that can play the slot, the 49ers addressed their No. 1 need despite wide receiver being a huge need as well. But why didn’t the 49ers trade up for WR Odell Beckham Jr.? Baalke explained, the price was too rich for their blood:
“We certainly liked him as a football player. But the price of doing business when you’re trying to move up into the Top 10 or close to the Top 10 becomes pretty stiff. And you’re giving up a lot of football players to go get one football player. And if you look at history, a lot of time it works against you.”
An evaluation that makes sense as the 49ers thought it would be best to let the board fall to them, Beckham was not worth trading up for in a deep wide receiver draft class. However, do not anticipate an encore performance today as the 49ers have five draft picks in the next two rounds and will need to land a deep-threat wide receiver and WR Cody Latimer, WR Jordan Matthews, and WR Martavis Bryant may be the answer.