The 49ers on Saturday acquired rookie center Nick Easton from the Baltimore Ravens in a trade, the Ravens announced. In exchange, the 49ers send the Ravens a conditional draft pick.
Easton, who went undrafted from Harvard, was a two-time first-team All-Ivy League selection while appearing in 24 games. He also earned Academic All-Ivy League honors.
Easton (6-foot-3, 300 pounds) graded out as the top center in the preseason during his 155 snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
The acquisition of Easton means the 49ers must make one additional roster cut before the deadline of Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT) to reach the mandatory 53-player limit.
Coach Jim Tomsula this week announced Marcus Martin will be the team’s starting center. The 49ers on Friday released backup center Joe Looney, making Dillon Farrell the only other available player with any experience at center.
Daniel Kilgore, who opened last season as the starter, was placed on reserve/physically unable to perform last week. He is expected to miss half of the season.
Before the trade, the 49ers were expecting to hold 11 picks in the 2016 draft, including two compensatory selections that cannot be traded.