There is NO WAY a GM as deliberate and tight lipped as Baalke let's it slip that they really have ONE GUY they favor. Particularly since he said it twice. That would be telling every other team, "Hey, if I call to trade up, I'm willing to overpay because I love one guy."
This is the estabishment of a smoke screen. We don't know what it's purpose is, it could be to:
1. Act like your guy got picked early on draft day so others think he is off the board and let him keep sliding?
2. Telegraph that you are willing to trade back when you do #1 above?
3. With #2 above, it accomplishes your ability to trade back while trying to act like your favorite guy is gone, when in fact you'll pick him up at your lower slot?
Yeah, I thought this was a mistake by Balke until he said it TWICE. LOL
The 49ers are in an ideal position, they only need a OG and there are plenty available in the 2nd. The rest are great to have picks if the right guy is there -- WR (inclusive of Fleener), OG, CB, etc. With the OG depth, I suspect if their ideal WR (or Fleener) aren't there, they will happily move back to gain a 2nd or 3rd rd pick where they can add more future starter depth at any number of positions -- OG, RB, OLB, CB, DL, etc.
Undoubtledly, Baalke will totally surpise me.