2012 NFL Draft: Round-by-Round Positional Needs for the San Francisco 49ers

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2012 NFL Draft: Round-by-Round Positional Needs for the San Francisco 49ers
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The San Francisco 49ers began the 2011 season as underdogs to win the pathetic NFC West.

How fast things change. 

What Jim Harbaugh did in his first year as head coach is nothing short of miraculous, but with success comes raised expectations. 

San Francisco has a lot of work to do this offseason. They already gave Ahmad Brooks a 6-year extension and are planning to using a franchise tag on Dashon Goldson. Next on the to-do list is re-sign Alex Smith, Carlos Rogers, Josh Morgan and Adam Snyder. 

The 49ers' draft-day needs will depend on what happens during the free agency period: which players will they retain? What new faces will they bring in?

While keeping the uncertainties of the free agent market in mind, this slide show will explain the 49ers' most pressing needs, and how each one can be addressed in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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