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Know Your Enemy: San Francisco 49ers, 2014 NFL Draft Rounds 4-7
With the Seahawks playing in football's most competitive division, we think it's pretty important to keep tabs on how the club's NFC West rivals operate in this year's NFL Draft.
The San Francisco 49ers targeted Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward in round one and made four picks on the draft's second day, selecting Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, USC offensive lineman Marcus Martin, Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, and Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas.
Here's a look at what the 49ers did on day three of the League's annual event:
The Pick: WR Bruce Ellington, Round 4, Pick No. 106 Overall
Who He Is: A 5-foot-9, 197-pound wide receiver out of South Carolina who was also the starting point guard on the Gamecocks basketball team. Cousin of Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington.
NFL.com Analysis: "Think of a bigger Ace Sanders, who came out of same university. He's quicker than fast, and can help you in the return game. The 49ers needed some wide receiver depth. I continue to applaud the 49ers' draft." -- Mike Mayock
What It Means: Aggressive receiver who plays bigger than his 5-9 frame. Another weapon for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who joins a receiving group that features veterans Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, the newly-acquired Stevie Johnson, and last year's fourth-round pick Quinton Patton.
The Pick: CB Dontae Johnson, Round 4, Pick No. 129 Overall
Who He Is: A physical 6-foot-2, 200-pound product out of N.C. State who played both safety and cornerback for the Wolfpack.
What He's Done: Totaled 82 tackles and three interceptions his final year at N.C. State
NFL.com Analysis: "This kid can play corner and safety. As a safety, I don't like his tackling skill set, but as a corner it's adequate. Teams either liked him or didn't like him at all. He's a better athlete than a football player. You just have to develop this kid." -- Mike Mayock
What It Means: With 2013 first-rounder Eric Reid, 2014 first-rounder Jimmie Ward, and free-agent addition Antoine Bethea the likely contributors at safety, Johnson represents a versatile backup at the position that could compete for playing time at cornerback, where the Niners lost Tarell Brown to the Oakland Raiders this offseason.
The Pick: DE Aaron Lynch, Round 5, Pick No. 150 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-5, 249-pound defensive end out of South Florida who spent his freshman year at Notre Dame
What He's Done: Led the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (12.5) in 2013 - his first and only season at South Florida
NFL.com Analysis: "A big, athletic prospect who displayed the most potential as a freshman at Notre Dame. Has underachieved since transferring closer to home and shedding considerable weight. Must prove motivated to reach his potential. Finished the season strong and finally showed signs of the talent he displayed as a standout freshman. Could benefit from a strong, mentoring, veteran position coach. Interview process will dictate draft status."
What It Means: Has potential to be a solid pass rusher in the NFL, posting a 10-yard time of 1.52 seconds at South Florida's pro day.
The Pick: CB Keith Reaser, Round 5, No. 170 Overall
Who He Is: A 5-foot-10, 189-pound cornerback out of Florida Atlantic University
What He's Done: Started the first five games of 2013, but missed the final six contests with a torn ACL. Was the top performer at his position in the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine in bench press (22 reps).
NFL.com Analysis: "Good-sized, smooth, patient, controlled corner who played through a broken ring finger as a senior and is coming off October ACL surgery that could still be restricting upon his arrival in the NFL."
What It Means: With the injury to his ACL occuring just last season, Reaser looks to be another luxury, or "redshirt" pick for the Niners, who did the same with running back Marcus Lattimore in last year's draft and Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas, who was selected in the third-round on Saturday.
The Pick: CB Kenneth Acker, Round 6, No. 180 Overall
Who He Is: Long and lean cornerback out of Texas' Southern Methodist University who measures 6-foot and 190 pounds
What He's Done: Started all 12 games for the Mustangs in 2013, recording 46 tackles (2.5 for loss), his first career sack, and a team-high three interceptions to go along with a team-high 13 passes defensed.
NFL.com Analysis: "Every year a defensive back from SMU makes a roster, and Acker is as good as any who have been there in previous years. He had a strong pro day, with a hand-timed 4.50-second 40, a 36-inch vertical and a 6.94 three-cone drill." -- Gil Brandt
What It Means: Marks the third corner taken by the Niners on the draft's final day. When lumped with the team's first-round free safety Jimmie Ward, who can also play at nickel corner, it's clear San Francisco was looking to develop depth at the position.
The Pick: DE Kaleb Ramsey, Round 7, No. 243 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-3, 293-pound defensive end out of Boston College
What He's Done: Shifted from defensive tackle to defensive end in 2013 where he started eight of 10 games, recording 24 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 2.0 sacks.
NFL.com Analysis: "A sixth-year senior, Ramsey has the physical tools to serve in a rotational role as an aggressive five-technique or 4-3 left end, though his injury history and long-term durability concerns limit his value and could scare teams off."
What It Means: The 49ers add a talent with plug-and-play ability at multiple positions along the defensive line.
The Pick: FB Trey Millard, Round 7, No. 245 Overall
Who He Is: A 6-foot-2, 247-pound fullback out of Oklahoma
What He's Done: A blocker, runner, and receiver who in his last full season for the Sooners (2012) had 33 carries for 198 yards and 30 catches for 337 yards and four touchdowns.
NFL.com Analysis: "A versatile jack-of-all-trades, Milllard brings the most value as a core special-teams contributor. Is best suited for a role as a fullback in a matchup-based offense where he could fill a variety of roles. Has been very reliable and durable throughout his career, but late October ACL injury could still require some rehabilitation as a rookie and could affect his draft standing."
What It Means: Yet another luxury, or "redshirt" pick for the Niners, who will likely stash Millard on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list with an eye toward future contributions at the fullback position.