Important Positions for the San Francisco 49ers to Target in the NFL Draft

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The San Francisco 49ers have another loaded draft. Alex Smith’s good year at the Kansas City Chiefs garnered the 49ers another second round pick and Dashon Goldson should turn into either a third or fourth rounder. That said, what are some key positions the 49ers need to look at in May’s draft—and where should these needs be addressed?

Wide Receiver:
Even if Anquan Boldin returns for another season or two, the 49ers need another young gun to catch passes from Colin Kaepernick. As the Green Bay Packers showed a few years ago, too, you can never have too many good receivers. That said, the 49ers could decide they want to go elsewhere with pick number one, but receiver is definitely a possibility depending on availability

Where addressed: Trade up, 1st round, second round, plus a late-round flyer

Cornerback:

The 49ers have a tough decision to make with Carlos Rogers’ salary. Seeing him go could be the catalyst for a draft at this position. However, Chris Culliver will come back to help fill in with Tramaine Brock, who impressed down the stretch. This is another possibility for the early rounds.

Where addressed: Rounds 1-3

Safety:

This all depends on Donte Whitner. If he stays, the 49ers can bide their time and perhaps draft a guy late in the hopes he plays on special teams before developing into a Whitner-like player.

Interior Offensive Lineman (G/C)

Jonathon Goodwin is now looking at retirement while Mike Iupati will soon likely attempt to command an excellent price. Daniel Kilgore could take one of their spots, but not both. Look for a mid-round pick here.

Where addressed: 3-5 rounds.

Defensive Line:

Well, Justin Smith sure isn’t getting any older. Tank Carradine should help, but the 40ers could still use some extra bodies up front. Expect this to be a huge priority!

Where Addressed: 2-3 rounds

 

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