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Did 49ers, Raiders make the grade in NFL draft?

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The 2016 NFL draft is complete. What did analysts think of drafts by the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders? Here’s what some experts had to say.

49ers

Picks: DeForest Buckner (No. 7 overall), Joshua Garnett (No. 28 overall), Will Redmond (No. 68 overall), Rashard Robinson (No. 133), Ronald Blair (No. 142), John Theus (No. 145), Fahn Cooper (No. 174), Jeff Driskel (No. 207), Kelvin Taylor (No. 211), Aaron Burbridge (No. 213), Prince Charles Iworah (No. 249)

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: B+

“Buckner is an excellent pick in the top seven as the impact defensive end they’ve missed since Justin Smith has left. Garnett is my favorite offensive line prospect in this draft. ... But giving up two picks in the deepest draft in history for a guard is a tough sell for me.”

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: B+

“It wasn’t long ago that the 49ers were the bullies of the NFC West, and it was commitment to physicality along the line of scrimmage which returned in the first round, with ... the team (drafting) the Defensive and Offensive Lineman of the Year, respectively, in the Pac-12.”

Doug Farrar, SI.com: A-

“GM Trent Baalke must have been grinning ear-to-ear when the Chargers reached on Joey Bosa at No. 3, leaving DeForest Buckner on the board. Buckner is the best defensive lineman in this class, and his versatility will add a ton to San Francisco’s defense.”

Mark Maske, The Washington Post: C-

“Taking DeForest Buckner with the No. 7 overall choice was justifiable (but) there is plenty to question here. Trading back up into the first round for a guard not widely viewed entering the draft as a likely first-rounder (Garnett) was a puzzling move.”

Dan Kadar, SBNation.com: C+

“The 49ers took a lot of steps in replenishing their roster with this year’s draft. ... (They) waited a while to target the position, but got a solid quarterback in Jeff Driskel. He has good pure physical tools.”

Raiders

Picks: Karl Joseph (No. 14 overall), Jihad Ward (No. 44 overall), Shilique Calhoun (No. 75 overall), Connor Cook (No. 100 overall), DeAndre Washington (No. 143 overall), Cory James (No. 194 overall), Vadal Alexander (No. 234 overall)

Chad Reuter, NFL.com: B

“Joseph is a very talented player who certainly deserves first-round consideration. He did miss a lot of last season over a non-contact injury. ... Ward and Calhoun were fair value where they were chosen, and should help the team rush the passer more effectively.”

Rob Rang, CBSSports.com: B+

“Much will be made of the selection of Connor Cook. Rather than an indictment on youngster Derek Carr, this could be an example of Reggie McKenzie following in the footsteps of Ron Wolf in Green Bay, who was known for investing in young quarterbacks in the hopes of developing them and peddling them for future picks.”

Chris Burke, SI.com: B+

“It came as a surprise when Oakland pulled the trigger, but it makes sense: the Raiders were working with an extra sixth-rounder, Cook’s contract will be about $1.6 million cheaper for 2016 than Matt McGloin’s, and the ex-Spartan could drum up his own trade market with a strong preseason or two.”

Mark Maske, The Washington Post: C+

“A lot of talent evaluators really like Karl Joseph. But in today’s game, few safeties are worth the 14th overall choice in a draft. It’s questionable whether Joseph is such a game-changing player.”

Dan Kadar, SBNation.com: B-

“Connor Cook was an interesting choice at No. 100 overall. His value was really good in the fourth round. The Raiders could develop him and eventually trade him. But he’s a backup player on a roster that only needs few holes filled to push for a playoff spot.”

Compiled by Noel Harris

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