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Projected starters: OLB Aldon Smith, ILB Patrick Willis, ILB NaVorro Bowman, OLB Ahmad Brooks
The growing sentiment I've heard about the 49ers this offseason is that they need another pass-rusher.
But with Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks effective and under contract, the question is would it be worth it to spend on a situational pass-rusher that could come in for Brooks on third downs?
My guess is Jim Harbaugh and Vic Fangio believe they have enough pass-rushing talent when this roster is healthy. Injuries to Justin Smith and Aldon Smith clearly contributed to San Francisco's inability to create pressure in the playoffs.
And without much cap space, San Francisco might choose to pass on a free-agent rusher.
However, don't be surprised if the 49ers take a pass-rusher early in the draft with the hope of finding the next Aldon Smith.
Best projected backup: Parys Haralson