Round 3, Pick No. 100: Running Back Devonta Freeman
Original Pick: Offensive Guard Brandon Thomas
What’s this? A fifth-consecutive offensive player taken by Trent Baalke? No way.
Well, revisionist history. So, way. Especially when the name is Devonta Freeman.
Freeman has been one of the most exciting running backs in the NFL, having been selected three spots after Baalke’s selection at No. 100 overall, former Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas.
Thomas has yet to play a regular-season game at the NFL level and found himself traded to the Detroit Lions just before the 2016 season.
Yeah, that pick didn’t work. At all.
But remember that whole thing earlier about San Francisco needing to find a runner to replace Frank Gore? Had Baalke known Freeman would end up being a two-time Pro Bowler over his three pro seasons so far, the pick would have been easy to make.
As a consolation prize, the guy who coordinated Freeman’s Atlanta Falcons offense the last two seasons is now the head coach of the 49ers.
So maybe Kyle Shanahan can find a similar gem in 2017. Let’s hope he already has.