49ers 5 biggest needs in 2022 NFL Draft with 2021 in rearview mirror

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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“THE PICK IS IN” for the San Francisco 49ers during the 2018 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

In 2022, the 49ers will look to add talent via the NFL Draft to five key positions to an already star-studded roster which will help propel another playoff run.

After nearly making it to the big game, the San Francisco 49ers came just short of besting the rival Los Angeles Rams in the 2022 NFC Championship game, missing out on a second Super Bowl appearance in a three-year span.

That is to say, the Niners possess one of the more complete NFL rosters heading into the offseason. Still, the team has areas that are a clear weakness and other positions lacking in depth.

While San Francisco boasts stars on both sides of the ball, there is always room for improvement. There will be talented players available either through free agency or the 2022 NFL Draft who are worthy of consideration as an upgrade over current starters, and the 49ers would be wise to grab those talents to help maintain roster continuity.

It is the reality of the NFL.

So, what positions should the Niners look to improve in 2022?

Let’s start with a sneaky position that, while not an obvious weakness, could be improved.

49ers NFL Draft Need No. 5: Running Back

Before anyone reading this gets heartburn, no one is talking about upgrading from current starting running back Elijah Mitchell.

Mitchell is an excellent tailback who has excelled in San Francisco’s run-heavy offense and is a bona fide star who deserves a ton of respect for taking the starting position as a sixth-round draft selection a year ago. Simply stated, the future is bright for the 2021 rookie.

Unfortunately, Mitchell has a history of missing games, and when he missed time this past season, the team’s running game stalled. There is the likelihood the 49ers’ former starter, Raheem Mostert, may return to the team despite being a free agent this offseason. If so, the Niners will have a dynamic running back tandem.

But, Mostert has a tendency to miss games due to injury as well. There is also no guarantee Mostert will return via free agency, though.

San Francisco must add depth to the running back room and should look to do so on day three of the NFL Draft. And there are some interesting players that the team should keep an eye on.