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49ers Trade Up With Broncos, Select OT Anthony Davis

Apr 22, 2010 – 8:50 PM
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Anthony DavisThe San Francisco 49ers liked Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis a lot. So much that they gave up not just a first-round pick but also a fourth-round pick to get him.

The 49ers traded the first of their two first-round picks (13th overall) as well as a fourth-round pick (113th overall) to the Denver Broncos in exchange for the 11th pick in the draft, and with that pick the 49ers selected Davis, an enormous three-year starter from Rutgers who left school after a good junior year and is still getting better.

San Francisco clearly views offensive tackle as a major need, and this was a major step toward addressing that need. Davis is a powerful run blocker who just made the 49ers' offensive line better.

But the Broncos, who have acquired a bounty of draft picks over the last two offseasons by trading away veteran players like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler, may have ended up winning this deal by trading down not once but twice, picking up extra selections from both the 49ers and then the Eagles, who gave them two third-round picks and their own first-rounder in exchange for the 13th overall pick.

Denver has a strategy of getting as many picks as possible, and it's a strategy the Broncos are sticking to. Now they're going to add a great deal of talent later in the draft.

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