Now that the NFL has descended on Indianapolis, more answers will be known about how and what general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh like about the upcoming prospects.
The 49ers PR office released a Feb. 23 press conference transcript in Indianapolis with Baalke, who reiterated that the Niners are not going to change their approach to free agency and the draft.
“The expectation is that we’re going to be very methodical like we were in the past,” Baalke said. “Our approach is not going to change. There are a lot of players that fit us. But we always take care of our own first, and we’re working through that now.”
Baalke added that both the offensive linemen and receivers in this group have “good depth at the top, at the middle and at the bottom of the draft. There are guys at the bottom who are going to end up as good players. We want to find the guys who are going to springboard up; find that nugget that will lead us to one of those guys.”
In a note of caution, however, is that Baalke stressed that he wants to find players that “fit our system.” In that perspective, we’ll analyze the mock draft for the 49ers posted at Drafttek.com.