The San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Real Time Updates and Analysis

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The San Francisco 49ers 2013 NFL Draft Big Board: Real Time Updates and Analysis
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When it comes to the state of the franchise, the San Francisco 49ers are on another plain of existence. As we approach the floodgates of the 2013 NFL offseason, the belief is that the rich are about to get a whole lot richer.

In 2013, the 49ers will be paying Colin Kaepernick, who is essentially an All-Pro caliber quarterback, a cap figure of $1.39 million (per Spotrac).

They are returning five starters on the offensive line, all of which were named to the Pro Bowl to one degree or another. Joe Staley and Mike Iupati were starters, while Jonathan Goodwin, Alex Boone and Anthony Davis were voted as alternates.

San Francisco also has a defense that will return five Pro Bowlers, including the pair of All-Pro inside linebackers, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Last season, these two led a defense that ranked top-5 against the run and the pass. 

They also have one of the most prestigious front offices, a league-high 14 draft picks and enough capital to make upgrades in free agency.

On Monday, March 11, the day before free agency, the 49ers acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens via trade, per Doug Farrar of Yahoo! Sports. It cost them only a sixth-round draft choice and it solidified a primary draft need.

There has been a careful systematic approach by Trent Baalke and the Niners, as they are off to a hot start.

In the upcoming NFL draft, the 49ers will have great flexibility. However, they also have needs to satisfy that include: WR, DT, TE, OLB, CB, S and K. As always, San Francisco will take the best player available according to their unique draft criteria.

In the following slides, we’ll feature the 49ers’ 2013 big board, complete with player rankings according to needs. The rankings are entirely team-specific, bearing in mind San Francisco's draft philosophy. 

 

All of the projected rankings by round are courtesy of NFL Draft Scout. 

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