Do they bolster an already dominant defense, or add another weapon to their improving offense? Is cornerback depth the most pressing need, or is it an offensive lineman to protect their endangered quarterback?
Maybe the top priority is upgrading the receiver position, a group that lacks a dynamic playmaker.
These questions are sure to be inside the minds of the 49ers front office as they transition from the playoffs to the offseason. A 13-3 season and trip to the NFC Championship game revealed a talented team that is just a step or two away from appearing in the franchise's sixth Super Bowl.
The task at hand is clear, yet easier said than done: locate and acquire the missing pieces to a championship puzzle. Once the locating is done, the 49ers will use free agency and the draft to accomplish the acquiring.
And this year's draft, like every year, is brimming with prospects capable of making an immediate impact. It's also stocked with fool's gold disguised as future stars.
With the NFL Scouting Combine underway, prospects already have started to vault up or drop down draft boards, depending on their workouts and interviews.
Here are standouts the 49ers must strongly consider with their first-round selection.