With the 30th pick in all seven rounds of the NFL Draft this April, it's a fair assessment to say the 49ers' front office has plenty of research and scouting to get done.
Fortunately, San Francisco's talent-laden roster offers plenty of evidence to prove its up to the task.
General manager Trent Baalke and Co. have uncovered gems in late rounds before, including All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman (third round, 2010), Chris Culliver (third round, 2011) and Kendall Hunter (fourth round, 2011).
Fortunately, recent successes on draft day should ease the pressure moving forward. The 49ers are coming off a 13-3 season with an NFC West title, and can narrow their draft search to a couple positional needs rather than focusing on the best all-around option available.
I'm clearly stating the obvious at this point, but wide receiver is the main necessity moving forward. Even if the team manages to bring in a much-needed veteran wideout, an addition or two through the draft should help stabilize the position and create solid competition.
Both sides of the line would benefit from added depth, as well as the secondary.
Free agency kicks off in under a month and should provide a more in-depth look at the 49ers direction for the draft.
Until then, I've assessed the team's greatest needs and provided a full seven-round mock draft for those wondering whose names the front office should be focused on come draft day.