After a successful 2011 year, the San Francisco 49ers are looking for upgrades in the 2012 NFL Draft. In order to improve on the accomplishments of last year, they must use the draft to improve the team in specific areas.
Fortunately, with the 30th pick in each of the seven rounds, Trent Baalke and the 49ers front office have a variety of options to do so.
Based on need, the offensive line and wide receiver are the two most pressing areas. Defensively they have no major holes, but depth at certain positions would help this team become more complete. Plus, with the luxury of all seven picks, the 49ers could be inclined to use a few to acquire a veteran via trade.
After seeing the contributions of some of last year's selections, it it clear the Niners brain trust understands how critical the draft is to the success of the organization.
A strong and complete use of draft picks this year could help this team get to the next level and compete for a Super Bowl.
Here are my predictions for what the 2012 draft will look like for the San Francisco 49ers: