While it's too early to make a full judgment of the 49ers 2013 draft class after one season, it doesn't hurt to look back and see how these players have come along. The dreaded 2012 class showed little signs of promise after one year, but there are several things to look at with this past draft class after their rookie season.
In 2011, Trent Baalke hit a share of home run picks with Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and Bruce Miller. The 2012 class wants to be mostly forgotten with A.J. Jenkins being traded and several others no longer with the team minus LaMichael James, Joe Looney and Darius Fleming.
The grades listed here are not written in stone, but are merely progress reports as a one-year update and how they were throughout last season. Here is the full run down of the 49ers 2013 NFL Draft class:
First round: FS Eric Reid (18th overall) Grade: A
Using a pick they acquired in the 2012 draft, the 49ers traded up 13 spots to select S Eric Reid after Dashon Goldson left for Tampa Bay via free agency. Reid has looked like a great pick as he didn't allow a touchdown pass until Week 16 against the Atlanta Falcons. He had no personal foul penalties and kept mostly everything in front of him as a free safety. The 49ers drafted a safety they needed to fill the void and Reid could be playing there for a very long time.
Second round: DE Tank Carradine (40th overall) Grade: Incomplete
Using one second-round draft pick the 49ers acquired in exchange for Alex Smith, they traded down before selecting Florida State DE Tank Carradine. He was coming off a season where he tore his ACL and didn't play a single snap for the team in 2013. The 2013 season was viewed as a "redshirt" year with Carradine not playing in his rookie season. San Francisco hopes he can become the heir to Justin Smith as a defensive end.
Second round: TE Vance McDonald (55th overall) Grade: D
McDonald has the frame and athleticism to be a versatile blocker and occasional tight end target in the passing game. Unfortunately, the rookie TE was disappointing in both areas as he was utilized as a blocker for majority of the season. In 15 games, he only had eight receptions for 119 yards. He showed promise at the end of the season when Bruce Miller was out as he was seen in the full house formation as an extra blocker. McDonald will need to show he can be adequate at both pass and run blocking for next season.
Third Round: OLB Corey Lemonier (88th overall) Grade: B-
The 49ers traded up five spots to select Lemonier in the third round. It turned out to be a promising pick as he showed flashes of being a pass rusher on obvious passing downs. He received more playing time on defense with Dan Skuta as Aldon Smith was spending time in rehab. Lemonier spent most of the 2013 season on special teams, but should see more snaps on defense in 2014 as last year he transitioned from DE to OLB.
Fourth Round: WR Quinton Patton (128th overall) Grade: C-
Patton received a minimal amount of playing time when healthy before his fractured foot injury. The one reception he will mostly be remembered for is a catch against the Arizona Cardinals which set up the game-winning field goal kick by Phil Dawson. Patton should improve with another year under his belt heading into 2014. He should challenge for the slot WR position, assuming Anquan Boldin returns.
Fourth Round: RB Marcus Lattimore (131st overall) Grade: Excused/Incomplete
The 49ers used the first compensatory pick on Lattimore, who spent last season rehabbing from two torn ligaments. Fans and spectators alike expect him to be the heir to Frank Gore as the team's next running back. Like Carradine, this was a "medical redshirt" season for Lattimore as he spent the entire season on the non-football injury list before being placed on the injured reserve. Per league rules, Lattimore was able to practice with the team for three weeks during the regular season. He will compete with Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James to be the backup RB behind Gore.
Fifth Round: DT Quinton Dial (157th overall) Grade: Incomplete
Dial spent the first half of the season recovering from a toe injury and only played a handful of snaps in the 2013 season. He is a long-term project to be a future interior defensive lineman as Dial was inactive for the entire second half of last year. In 2014, he will compete for playing time against Tony Jerod-Eddie and Glenn Dorsey at NT.
Sixth Round: LB Nick Moody (180th overall) Grade: Incomplete
Moody injured his hand in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers and missed most of the season on the injured reserve/designated for return list. He was inactive for the rest of the season when he returned to the 53-man roster in Week 11. Moody should be fighting for playing time on special teams next season as he can excel on coverage units.
Seventh Round: QB B.J. Daniels (237th overall) Grade: Incomplete
Daniels showed promise in the preseason and became the team's third quarterback, but he was eventually cut for John Skelton and claimed by the Seattle Seahawks. He won a Super Bowl ring while being on the Seattle practice squad.
Seventh Round: OT Carter Bykowski (246th overall) Grade: Incomplete
Bykowski was part of the team's final cuts, but the 49ers signed him to the practice squad where he remained for the 2013 season. He has the size to be an NFL lineman and could compete for any position on the line.
Seventh Round: CB Marcus Cooper (252nd overall) Grade: Incomplete
Cooper was selected with the final compensatory pick, but was part of the final roster cuts in August. The 49ers most likely would have signed him to the practice squad, but the Kansas City Chiefs claimed him off waivers. Kansas City liked his size and utilized him as a nickel cornerback for a solid Chiefs defense. There was nothing the 49ers could have done in hindsight, as he didn't make strides in training camp.
Undrafted: LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris Grade: A
The 49ers saved nearly $500,000 of cap space by choosing to keep rookie Kevin McDermott over veteran Brian Jennings as the team's long snapper and it panned out well. Jim Harbaugh said that as long as he wasn't talked about, he was doing his job.
Morris was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster after being part of the final roster cuts in September. He has proven to be a solid special teams player with his speed and is remembered for contributing to a touchdown by Kassim Osgood against the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. The 49ers found two solid special teams players could be contribute for years to come.