Logical Extension: Iupati's rare skills could make him next man up
Tellingly, Baalke recalled the precise date (Sept. 17, 2009) he made the trip to the University of Idaho to meet Iupati and watch five of his game tapes. Seven months after that visit, the 49ers made Iupati the No. 17 overall pick in the draft. A rare bird? Iupati is one of three guards taken with a top-20 pick since 2002.