No camera in 49ers' draft room this year

No camera in 49ers' draft room this year
April 24, 2013, 7:30 am
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Trent Baalke reacted noticeably last year when Baltimore selected Gino Gradkowski after the 49ers traded back just moments earlier. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

There will be no eavesdropping on the 49ers' draft room this year.

The club will not have a live video feed trained on general manager Trent Baalke upstairs at the 49ers' team offices in Santa Clara, as was the case last season. The feed (without sound) appeared on 49ers.com, the team's official website. It streamed live during the duration of the three-day draft.

There is no official word why the team decided against providing the behind-the-scenes glimpse during the draft, which runs Thursday to Saturday. On at least one occasion, the cameras picked up interesting activity in the draft room.

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A year ago, Baalke had a noticeable reaction at the lead table when the Baltimore Ravens selected offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski of Delaware early in the fourth round (No. 98 overall) after the 49ers traded back just moments earlier.

When it was the 49ers' turn to pick shortly thereafter, they again traded back out of No. 103. Then, the 49ers moved up eight spots to select guard Joe Looney.

One team official later told CSNBayArea.com that someone in the 49ers' draft room played a joke on Baalke, telling him Looney -- the player the 49ers wanted all along, he said -- was the player the Ravens had chosen.

Gradkowski is slated to take over as the Ravens starting center this season. Nineteen picks after Gradkowski, the 49ers selected Looney, who was coming off a fractured foot sustained at the Senior Bowl.

Said coach Jim Harbaugh after the team selected Looney, "We believe he'll be a starter in this league for us."