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The 49ers attempted to trade up to draft wide receiver Odell Beckham before determining the cost was too high, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Monday on his weekly radio show.
Appearing on the "The Damon Bruce Show" on 95.7 The Game, Baalke said the decision to stand pat at No. 30 overall and not trade up to No. 12 was not a point on contention between him and ex-49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
“That was a decision, collectively, we weren’t willing to make, and that was a collective decision,” Baalke said. “That wasn’t something that one person was really fighting for and another was really opposed to. That was a decision that we made. We knew in order to get up high enough to get a player of that caliber, it would have taken too much ammunition, and we chose not to.”
Baalke disclosed that the Giants’ asking price included picks in the a first, second and third rounds “and maybe something on top of that.”
“In essence,” Baalke said, “you would have been giving up (defensive back) Jimmie Ward, you would have been giving up (center) Marcus Martin or (linebacker) Chris Borland, and you would have been giving up (running back) Carlos Hyde, plus somebody else. So maybe you’d have given up three, young, quality players to go get one.”
Beckham made his mark as a rookie with several acrobatic catches and finished as the league's 10th-leading receiver. Beckham led the Giants with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“Would we have loved to have had him? I guess, after the fact, which hindsight is always 20/20, would we have loved to have had him? Yes," Baalke said. "Would we have loved to have had him on draft day where we were picking on draft day? Absolutely. Did we think we he was going to get to us? Absolutely not."
“Were we willing to give up what it would have taken to go up and get him? The answer is no, and that’s why we didn’t make the move."
The 49ers’ inability to select and get production out of wide receivers has been an issue for the organization. Michael Crabtree, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2009 draft, produced one 1,000-yard season in six years and is scheduled for unrestricted free agency. This season, Crabtree caught 68 passes for just 698 yards and four touchdowns.
Rookie wide receiver Bruce Ellington had six receptions for 62 yards, and second-year player Quinton Patton recorded three catches for 44 yards. The 49ers’ top receiver was Anquan Boldin, who was acquired in a 2013 trade from the Baltimore Ravens. Boldin caught 83 passes for 1,062 yards and five touchdowns.