The NFL draft is only two weeks away, April 26-28, and the San Francisco 49ers will pick at the 30th slot in the first-round. The 49ers front office will find a player with value that late in the first-round however it is more of a question of who will be available, rather than which position the 49ers need to draft. The top-three concerns for the 49ers are at right guard, safety and cornerback. General Manager Trent Baalke won’t be necessarily looking for starters at any of those positions, although it would be great if a hidden gem could be found, but for players who can make an impact in the future as a starter.
Niner Noise is in full draft mode with recent posts about what the 49ers should do with their 30th pick overall. In Michael Hart’s mock draft he has the 49ers selecting Stanford TE Coby Fleener. Hart explains in his post,
For all the critics not wanting the 49ers to draft Fleener, they can’t come up with a better alternative. At first I was one of them. We aren’t in need of a tight end, but he instantly becomes the #2 tight end and Walker is likely going to be gone in free agency after this next year. With Fleener and Vernon Davis, we will have the best tight end combo in the league. This will help with the redzone woes along with creating matchup nightmares for defenses.
New Niner Noise writer Bill Dwinells says it’s time for the 49ers to draft a replacement for Frank Gore. Bill lists four running backs in each round the 49ers could draft.
I wouldn’t mind seeing any of these four guys in red & gold in the future. I understand that the 49ers are also in need of a right guard, a CB, and possibly a DE, but let’s face it, the York family, Jim Harbaugh, and the entire 49ers organization are building a dynasty here, and this year’s draft is not one where we have to draft for “need” so we can look toward the future this year and for the first time in a long time, the future looks bright.
In a recent post Matt Hamm argues for the Red and Gold to select the best player available, rather than for need.
What the 49ers need is to tighten up the depth. They do not need to reach for any specific position. Unless the team falls in love with one particular player and wants to trade up for that guy. The team has no reason to do anything but sit back, and take the best player available, regardless of position.
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