Mid-Round NFL Draft Targets Who Could Start in Year 1 for the 49ers

January 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The San Francisco 49ers got production out of their mid-round picks from the 2014 draft.
General manager Trent Baalke did an excellent job at finding talent in Rounds 3-5 last year, with the ability of those rookies coming to the fore in a season that saw San Francisco rocked by injuries on both sides of the ball.
Inside linebacker and third-round pick Chris Borland was named to the All-Rookie team following a fantastic maiden campaign in which he proved to be a playmaking machine in the absence of All-Pro duo Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch quickly showed himself to be a fifth-round steal as he contributed consistently as a pass-rusher. Fourth-round choice Dontae Johnson received plenty of work at corner and, although raw, appears to have the tools to develop into a solid NFL player.
On the offensive side of the ball, Marcus Martin—taken in the third round—was somewhat disappointing after being plugged in as the startin...

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