SAN FRANCISCO (Bleacher Report) — Eight days before the 2013 NFL draft, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke addressed the local media in a pre-draft presser. By the time it was wrapped up, his message was clear: The 49ers are not a need-based drafting team.
When it comes to building this football team, Baalke spoke about the benefits of drafting into strengths and selecting the best player available. San Francisco wants to add quality players to its organization, and what may not be a need this year may be one next year.
As a point of reference, it is important to assess Baalke’s tenure as a personnel exec and the choices he’s made as the franchise’s chief decision-maker since 2008. A star executive in the National Football League, Baalke has put the finishing touches on one of the most competitive teams in pro sports.
But for the sake of this article, it is even better to look at the union of Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke in order to truly evaluate this organization’s philosophical thinking and how that mindset applies to the upcoming draft.
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