It's Super Bowl week and the San Francisco 49ers will be competing for their sixth Lombardi Trophy in franchise history. Nowadays, it's awfully hard for teams to repeat, or even earn a second consecutive trip to the big game.
More often than not, the best teams are poached in the offseason and have to rebuild through the draft and free agency. Under Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers have been a team about getting better each and every day, so they will be prepared for this moment.
The Niners will attack the offseason with as much enthusiasm as they do the regular season.
The 49ers traded up 9 spots in the 2011 draft to get Colin Kaepernick. They sent Denver three picks. The first of those three: Rahim Moore.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) January 23, 2013
With Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh working in tandem, San Francisco has had a meticulous approach assessing incoming prospects. They've also been efficient on draft day, maneuvering back and forth with other teams.
If they see someone they like, they will be aggressive. And on the contrary, if they are not impressed with the top available names, they will move back.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the 49ers will lead the league with 14 available picks in April’s draft. And with Alex Smith expected to be placed on the trading block, the Niners could potentially add to that total:
49ers 2013 picks
1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Third round: Own pick
4. Third round: From Carolina in trade-back during 2012 draft
5. Third round: Likely compensatory selection
6. Fourth round: Own pick
7. Fifth round: Own pick
8. Fifth round: From Indianapolis in trade-back during 2012 draft
9. Sixth round: Own pick
10. Sixth round: From Miami in trade-back during 2012 draft
11. Seventh round: Own pick
12. Seventh round: From Cincinnati for Taylor Mays
13. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection
14. Seventh round: Likely compensatory selection
Due to their loaded roster, the 49ers were not able to find any instant starters in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, things could be different this year with a few names expected to test the open market. The Niners will also have to address starters that underperformed and determine whether they are worth retaining on their current salary.
Fortunately for San Francisco, they have the ammunition to trade up if they see someone they like. Come April, Baalke and company will be ready to immediately fill any holes left by departing players.