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49ers trade same pick twice in two months

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49ers trade same pick twice in two months

The 49ers used the same seventh-round draft pick for 2016 in two separate trades in less than two months.

The 49ers on Monday traded tight end Vernon Davis and their seventh-round pick in the 2016 draft to the Denver Broncos in exchange for sixth-round picks in 2016 and 2017, a source confirmed.

On Sept. 5, the 49ers traded that same seventh-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for center Nick Easton. But the 49ers regained possession of the conditional pick because Easton was required to be on the 49ers’ roster for one more game in order for the Ravens to secure the selection, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.

The 49ers traded Easton and a sixth-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 6 for linebacker Gerald Hodges, who has recorded three tackles while appearing in the past two games with the 49ers.

Here are the 49ers’ projected draft selections for the next two years:

49ERS 2016 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Third round: Own pick
4. Fourth round: Own pick
5. Fourth round: Projected compensatory selection*
6. Fifth round: Own pick
7. Fifth round: San Diego pick acquired from 2015 draft trade-back
8. Fifth round: Projected compensatory selection*
9. Sixth round: Dallas pick acquired from 2015 draft trade-back
10. Sixth round: Denver pick acquired in trade for TE Vernon Davis
11. Sixth round: Projected compensatory selection*
12. Sixth round: Projected compensatory selection*
*--The 49ers are currently projected to have four compensatory picks based on net losses of free agents this offseason. Overthecap.com projects the 49ers to pick up their additional picks for the 2015 free-agent losses of Chris Culliver (fourth round), Perrish Cox (fifth round), Dan Skuta (sixth round) and Frank Gore (sixth round).

49ERS 2017 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Third round: Own pick
4. Fourth round: Own pick
5. Fifth round: Own pick
6. Fifth round: Washington pick acquired in 2015 trade for TE Derek Carrier
7. Sixth round: Own pick
8. Sixth round: Denver pick acquired in 2015 trade for TE Vernon Davis.
9. Seventh round: Own pick
10. Seventh round: Cleveland’s conditional pick acquired in 2015 trade for Andy Lee.*
The pick could become a sixth-round round selection based Lee’s performance this season.

Trent Williams chose 49ers partly due to Nick Bosa, defensive line

Trent Williams chose 49ers partly due to Nick Bosa, defensive line

The 49ers' defensive line is the strength of the team. Not just for the chaos it creates, but also for the players it helps attract.

Last season, San Francisco allowed the fewest passing yards per game (169.2) and tied for the fifth-most sacks (48) in the NFL. Anyone who watched the 49ers' defensive line quickly realized it was one of the elite units in the league.

That included new 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams, who sat out all of last season amid a dispute with Washington. That gave Williams plenty of time to study up on the top D-lines in the league, which ultimately influenced which teams he would be open to joining. After so much time away from game action, he knew he needed to go up against the best of the best.

"Oh man, I'm looking forward to it," Williams told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport on the "RapSheet and Friends" podcast. "When I looked for a team to go to, I looked at the opposite side of the ball to see who can I sharpen my iron on every day in practice because when I get out there on the field, I can't come up with a rust excuse. All that to me doesn't exist. So, I would rather be rusty in practice and be able to sharpen my iron then than to try to do it Monday night with all the cameras on me. 

" ... The defense is probably the best in the league. When you think about defensive lines that get after the quarterback, I think anybody with a pulse is going to throw the 49ers' front out there within the first, second or third groups to mention. So, that in itself excites me as a competitor, because I know I can get some of the best work done during the week. On Sundays, you're not going to see too many guys better than that group. Especially not any individuals that much better than [Nick] Bosa. I think they just don't have that many guys in the league that are better than him. So, I think for me, it's going to do everything for me to get me back to where I know I can be at."

[RELATED: Williams explains why 49ers were his ideal trade option]

When the 49ers' top offensive and defensive units go up against each other in practice, the expectation is that Williams and Bosa will be matched up head-to-head. That should make for quite the individual battle, and likely will only serve to make each player better.

Given that one has made the Pro Bowl seven times and the other is the reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, that should be a terrifying thought for most other linemen in the league -- on both sides of the ball.

[49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

Eric Reid calls out 49ers' messaging on Black Lives Matter tweet

Eric Reid calls out 49ers' messaging on Black Lives Matter tweet

Eric Reid sent a strong statement to the 49ers tweeting "Black Lives Matter" and #BlackoutTuesday. The former 49ers safety responded with "I think you meant Blackball Tuesday" and called the organization hypocrites. 

Reid joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the playing of the national anthem as a form of a peaceful protest against racial and social injustices, including police brutality, throughout the 2016 season when both players were part of the 49ers. Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team since opting out of his 49ers contract ahead of the 2017 offseason.

General manager John Lynch admitted in May 2017 the 49ers told Kaepernick they would have released him if he didn't opt out of his contract.

The quarterback alleged NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protest, but Kaepernick ultimately settled a collusion lawsuit with the NFL last year. Reid clearly agrees with Kaepernick's beliefs regarding the league "blackballing" him due to his protests. 

[49ERS INSIDER PODCAST: Listen to the latest episode]

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change. York exlained why Monday, and even said, "We need to continue work that Colin drew attention to four years ago in 2016, and we need to continue to let our players, first and foremost, know they have a voice to be able to speak out" in an interview with the NFL Network's Jim Trotter.

After former 49ers receiver Torrey Smith praised York Saturday, Reid, who was teammates with Smith on the Carolina Panthers in 2018, expressed he had very different opinions and experiences with York than Smith did. 

[RELATED: Jackson insists 'fake' NFL should apologize to Kaepernick]

Reid continued to kneel in 2017 with the 49ers and the team opted not to re-sign him in free agency. The Carolina Panthers signed him to a one-year contract on Sept. 27, 2018, weeks into the 2018 season. 

The former 49ers first-round draft pick recorded 130 tackles and four sacks last season with the Panthers. He signed a three-year contract extension with Carolina in February 2019 and was cut one year later in March 2020.