Prior to the 2011 season, the San Francisco 49ers' franchise had struggled to turn draft-day success into victories on the gridiron.
But a new coaching staff led by Jim Harbaugh, as well as a couple additions through the draft and free agency, led San Francisco to a 13-3 record and a spot in the NFC Championship Game. An even more direct source of the team's return to relevancy were eight of the team's last 10 first-round selections leading the way. But with the 30th pick in this year's first round, the 49ers will need to dig a little deeper if they want to strike gold once again.
Thanks to its talent-laden roster led by former first-rounders, such as Alex Smith (No.1 in '05), Aldon Smith (No.7 in '11), Vernon Davis (No.6 in '06) and Patrick Willis (No.11 in 2007), San Francisco will have the unfamiliar luxury of zeroing in on a couple positions of need rather than snatching the best talent left on the board.
Unfortunately, the 49ers' biggest need is at wide receiver, a position that will be in high demand across the league on draft day.
With future star wideouts like Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State) and Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) likely off the board by the 30th pick, let's take a sneak peek at deeper receiver options and other impact players who could suit up in San Francisco next season.