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49ers May Move up in Draft, Baalke Builds from within, Vernon Davis' Stock

Posted Apr 29, 2014

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1. Moving on up?

In last year’s NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers jumped from 31st to 18th to select LSU safety Eric Reid. Reid went on to have a standout rookie season, winning the 49ers Thomas Herrion Memorial Award and making the Pro Bowl. This year, the 49ers sit 30th in the first round, with six selections overall in the top 100.  The ammunition, recent history and talk around the league all suggest that the 49ers will again make a big trade up. But do the team’s needs warrant such a move?

2. Tried and True

Upset with the lack of “sexy” moves made during free agency? It may sound cliché, but the 49ers are truly dedicated to building from within – something many teams preach but do not practice. "We are always going to try to keep our own guys rather than go out in free agency and pay guys that haven't invested themselves in this place like these guys have," general manager Trent Baalke said Friday. Case in point: The 49ers have drafted nine out of eleven projected 2014 offensive starters. The tenth, Alex Boone, was signed as an undrafted free agent and developed by the team. The 49ers know how to develop talent.

>>The 49ers also know how to develop social media accounts. Shameless plug: Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Advertisement aside, Baalke outlined how the current social media landscape has added a new dynamic to player scouting. It has also changed the way players and fans interact with each other, for better or for worse.

>>Here’s an in-depth look at how the current team was built.

3. Vernon Is Being Traded

… on the stock market. Last week, 49ers.com’s Scott Kegley outlined partnership between Vernon Davis and Fantex Brockerage Service where the company planned to offer stock in Davis’ earning potential, a first by a professional athlete. On Monday, the stock made its trading debut. By the market’s close, the stock had risen 20 percent to $12 per share. 

            No word on when Michael Crabtree stock will be available, but now would be the time to buy. Crabtree is set to become a free agent in 2015. Baalke commented on his wideout’s expiring contract: “We’re constantly working with our guys that are becoming free agents to see what it’s going to take to extend them, and Michael is no different. He’s a fabulous football player, a guy that we drafted and as everyone in this room knows, we are always going to try keep our own guys.” If you missed it, here’s Baalke’s press conference in full.

4. Around The League

The Seattle Seahawks have made Earl Thomas the NFL’s highest paid safety, signing him to a four-year contract extension worth $40 million with $27.725 guaranteed.

>>Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly asserted that wide receiver DeSean Jackson was cut for purely “football reasons.”

>>The New Orleans Saints don’t plan to pick up a 2015 team option on running back Mark Ingram’s contract.