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Social Media a Part of 49ers Draft Evaluations

Posted Feb 21, 2014

In the age of social media, Trent Baalke and the 49ers scouts use social platforms as a tool to get to know draft prospects.

INDIANAPOLIS – We’re in the age of social media.

Trent Baalke embraces this fact. The 49ers general manager goes so far as to consider what NFL prospects post on their personal Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts.
This gives San Francisco’s talent evaluators a window into who a given player is, beyond his rehearsed answers in interview settings.
"We pay quite a bit of attention to it," Baalke said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. "Once we get the (draft) board narrowed down over the next several weeks, we'll start identifying the players we want to take a look at their accounts, how active they are, what they're saying, what they're doing."
Baalke and the rest of the 49ers scouting staff use social media as a tool to see how mature a player is in their personal life.
What would constitute a so-called red flag?
"I think we all know what we're looking for," Baalke said, "how responsible they are and the use of it."


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