The dust from the draft is finally settling and some grades are coming in. SI's Chris Burke gives us an A, while Mel Kiper, everyone's favorite draftnik, gives us a B, based on his lack of confidence in Eric Reid. Mike Sando notes that most of the 49ers grades will hinge on what the particular analyst thought of our top prize in the draft. And I think we all remember that most were pretty divided on who was the 2nd best safety in the draft after Kenny Vaccaro, and therefore who the 49ers should focus they're attention on. Harbaugh and company were so high on Reid that they traded up for him. I have my own ideas, but at the end of the day, I want what Harbaugh wants, even if I don't know what that is yet.
The other aspect of our draft that is garnering a lot of attention is Marcus Lattimore. He could have been the top running back in the draft class had he not suffered his unfortunate injury. If he returns to his pre-injury self, he'll be one of the steals of the draft. A fourth-round pick was the gamble, and for a team that had picks to burn, it was a worthwhile bet. There's a lot of news on him...I'll get to it.
Here's a big piece on Marcus Lattimore, how he fits into the 49ers' plans and what's next for the talented running back from South Carolina. | South Carolina running back Lattimore fits with what 49ers are building (Press Democrat)
Five minutes with Marcus Lattimore (Sando)
Lattimore: "It's just a great, great situation for me" (Cohn)
Matt Maiocco gives us his thoughts on each of the picks from the draft. | 49ers draft recap (Maiocco)
Vance McDonald will be Delanie Walker's replacement (NFL.com)
A run through Kiper Jr's 2013 draft grades (Sando)
Seeking focus after 2013 draft frenzy (Sando)
Niners didn't address pressing need in defensive secondary (Cohn)
NFL Draft: How 49ers fared against NFC West rivals (Mercury News)
49ers are loaded for 2013 and beyond (USA Today)
49ers reach agreements with undrafted rookies (Maiocco)
QB Nate Montana earns another tryout with 49ers (Gin)
Nate Montana to get another tryout with 49ers (Barrows)
49ers tackle Joe Staley hosts charity run to help kids smile (Gin)
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