The San Francisco 49ers received high marks for their 12-player haul in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Read the reviews from notable NFL analysts.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
The most depressing thing about San Francisco's draft is I don't even think Todd McShay and I have a single argument to be found here. The Niners just got so many good players.
In qualifying for three consecutive NFC Championship games, the 49ers clearly boast one of the league's most talented rosters and entered the draft with 11 selections (tied for second most in the NFL), so you couldn't blame GM Trent Baalke if he gambled a bit in the draft. Early on, however, he filled clear areas of need, adding a versatile defensive back in Jimmie Ward who has the range to handle safety as well the coverage ability to drop down and play nickel corner. The 49ers also drafted the most intriguing center in the draft in Marcus Martin and added a dynamic athlete in slot receiver Bruce Ellington. Just as the club did a year ago with injured stars
Add to this, San Francisco added the most bullish runner in the draft with Carlos Hyde, a potential steal in pass rusher Aaron Lynch and quite possibly the most instinctive defender at any position in the draft in linebacker Chris Borland, among others. San Francisco's selections were not without risk as Lynch has under-achieved to this point in his career and Borland's short arms make him a better fit in a 4-3 than a 3-4. Otherwise, however, it was another quality haul for a team that was just one tipped pass away from competing in their second consecutive Super Bowl.
Vinnie Ayer of The Sporting News
While they did their usual stockpiling to bring in several projects, they also got players to fit their win-now mold, Ward and Martin. Hyde may end up getting an early workload to make it easier on Frank Gore. Borland is a nice backup and special teamer to have behind
Armed with a flood of picks from the third round on, and with the knowledge that they’ve hit on just one starter (safety
A few notable steals: South Carolina receiver Bruce Ellington in the fourth round, South Florida end Aaron Lynch in the fifth and Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland in the third.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports
The 49ers traditionally do a good job drafting players, and they did here too. I love Ward's game. They did take some risks with Lynch and tackle Brandon Thomas, who is coming off an ACL injury suffered in a workout. If they hit, this could be a great draft.