Yesterday was the start of a new year, and with it many bowl games, loaded with NFL Draft Prospects. We here at Niner Noise took a look yesterday at the San Francisco 49ers defense, and what positions they might be looking at in the draft coming up. Today we will take a look at the other side of the ball and see what positions of need the 49ers might have on offense.
First, the quarterback. Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback of the future. A new backup may be in order to replace Colt McCoy, but that would not be until the later rounds. The running back position is also stocked. Bruce Miller should be back at fullback. Frank Gore is still running solidly at 30 and LaMichael James, Kendall Hunter, and Anthony Dixon are great additional change of pace backs. Throw in Marcus Lattimore and this corps looks good. However, Dixon is a free agent this offseason and Gore and Hunter are both free agents next offseason. This position likely will have more contract negotiation than early draft prospects, though a late-round pick may be worth it. The offensive line is also pretty solid with no starters in a contract year this season. With the draft of Garret Celek this past year, I doubt a high pick will be spent there as well.
Wide receiver is where it gets interesting. Michael Crabtree is a stud. Anquan Boldin is too, but he is a free agent this spring and will likely command a decent salary. Based on the tremendous help he has been this season, I hope the 49ers “Pay the man,” to quote Jim Harbaugh. Quinton Patton came up big in his first actual chances this past Sunday. It will be interesting to see how he plays this postseason. The 49ers could easily draft another receiver — even pretty high — but Patton has a chance to change this, one way or another, during the next (hopefully) few weeks.
So there you have it. Based on need alone, the 49ers will likely draft a defensive back or wide receiver in the first round, with an outside chance at defensive line. Of course, it is foolish to draft based on need alone, so we will know much more after the combine when the draft prospects begin to solidify there places in draft order. Don’t be surprised if the 49ers trade up or down the draft board, either. They definitely have the draft capital to pull off a trade similar to the one that brought Eric Reid to town. It will be interesting to see how it all goes. . .
While yesterday was the start of a new year, Fansided/TiqIQ’s took a look back at last year with their top ten most expensive sporting events of 2013. The Super Bowl was number one on that list. Check out the entire top ten here.