Not only did I find it noteworthy just out of sheer curiosity, but the more I looked at what Baalke did with the picks the more I feel that he treated these picks differently than others (perhaps he felt he was playing with house money and treated them as his sheer "value picks"). Both the 2013 and 2014 picks were traded for additional picks and with each pick it seemed he took the unanimous BPA (BPA on just about any board you look at).
Maybe it's just coincidence, but considering how many head scratching picks we've made on draft day and considering just how awesome the end outcome was I thought it was worth noting (even worth its own thread). I can honestly say that all 4 acquisitions are on my top 10 moves under the Baalke era. This in theory netted us 4 impact starters/top prospects at their respective positions.
Note this is not an Alex Smith thread....
2nd Round Pick 2013- Tank Carradine (traded back to acquire 2014 3rd round pick before selecting Tank a screaming BPA)
2nd Round Pick 2014- Carlos Hyde (traded back to acquire 2015 4th round pick before selecting Carlos also a screaming BPA)
3rd Round Pick 2014- Chris Borland (also selected the screaming BPA)
4th round Pick 2015- Stevie Johnson (while not the exact same pick since we acquired the 2015 4th rounder later that day by trading down from the Chiefs 2nd rounder it seems this was our plan all along to ensure we keep all picks for 2015, especially considering how we immediately traded back up)
Well done Baalke!
[ Edited by 49oz2superbowl on May 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM ]