Looking at the 49ers’ roster, they have a few needs. They are CB, WR, SS, C, QB, OL, DL.
The 49ers are a little more stable at the WR position than they are at CB. Many analysts believe that the 49ers will draft a CB in the first round, and then go WR in the second round. They might be better of at WR this year, but they also need to look towards their future at the position. The rest of their “needs” are more for depth and the future. Players on the roster today might not be here next year or in the near future. Regardless of if it’s because of age or contract, the 49ers need to constantly replenish their roster with cheaper, younger talent.
Luckily for the 49ers, they have a lot of picks in this draft, so they have more freedom to try and get who they want. Whether it’s waiting or trading up, the 49ers should be able to get some of the players that they want.
The 49ers have six picks in the top 100 and 11 picks all together.
Round 1: Pick #30
Round 2: Pick #56 (from Kansas City)
Round 2: Pick #61
Round 3: Pick #77 (from Tennessee)
Round 3: Pick #94
Round 3: Pick #100 (compensatory)
Round 4: Pick #129
Round 5: Pick #170
Round 7: Pick #242 (from New Orleans)
Round 7: Pick #243 (from Carolina)
Round 7: Pick #245
Those are a lot of picks to move around with. The 49ers are known for trading back to acquire more picks for future seasons. No one should be surprised if that’s what happens this year. The 49ers do have their needs, but they also have one of the deepest rosters in the league. If a team with a weaker roster is willing to give the 49ers a good deal, Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh will have no problem in moving back.
There have been plenty of reports of the 49ers talking with other teams about moving up in to the middle of the first round. It is very likely that this will happen, but no one can ever say for sure. With all the ammo that the 49ers have, it is pretty much expected. The 49ers do not have room on their rosters for 11 rookies. They will either have to use some picks to trade up, or trade some picks this year for future picks. Either way, there will be some trades today and over the weekend.
All in all, go into the draft with an open mind. You might think you know what the 49ers will do, but they will always find a way to surprise you. Save yourself the hassle by expecting everything and nothing at the same time.