Super Bowl XLVI barely eluded the San Francisco 49ers, leaving Jim Harbaugh's team with plenty of heartbreak but even more optimism for the future.
The 2012 NFL Draft is an opportunity for the Niners to grab talent that could make them an NFC powerhouse. Sure, the first few rounds will provide the vast majority of future NFL stars. But that doesn't mean GM Trent Baalke can't find any hidden gems late in the draft.
Take the 2011 NFL Draft for example. Kendall Hunter and Bruce Miller went from later round picks to big impact players.
Valuable late round draft picks run the gamut from immense talents with character troubles to lesser prospects with great football IQ.
With that in mind, let's take a look at potential steals the 49ers could select in the 2012 NFL Draft.