The San Francisco 49ers will look to improve upon their 13-3 regular-season record from last year, but more importantly, they hope to finish the upcoming season with a Super Bowl appearance and/or victory.
It starts with the draft and free agency.
Free agency in particular has been kind to the 49ers. They have picked up several key players on the cheap with the angle of winning in the picture.
Before last season, the Niners would likely have had to overpay for a player in free agency, but with recent success, they have given prospective free agents a fresh incentive: winning.
Now, with the better part of free agency all but finished, the Niners will turn their attention to the 2012 NFL draft.
While they don't have a "sexy" selection in the first round (30th overall), the 49ers can still snag a few impact players if they play their cards right.
With that in mind, I've listed several scenarios that could prove extremely beneficial to the 49ers in the upcoming NFL draft.