Trent Baalke invested first round picks in safeties Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward, so why another one with Jaquiski Tartt at No. 46 overall? Tartt, however, could make the most immediate impact for a rookie class that appears largely designed to build for 2016 and beyond.
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is firmly at the controls of the team following the split with coach Jim Harbaugh. The first rookie class for new coach Jim Tonsula is ready to take the field for rookie minicamp, as NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney offers this offseason reset.
Needing to add juice to a defense smarting with the losses of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement and cornerback Chris Culliver to free agency, the 49ers gamble on the Oakland native, who some feel is the draft's best corner and others see as a significant character risk.
The reigning Heisman Trophy contender completed 57 of 65 passes during a scripted Pro Day workout designed to show his improvement as a pro-style passer. Each pass thrown came after taking the ball from under center. Mariota's workout was solid but the best positional workout of the day came from another former Duck.