San Francisco 49ers: 6 Players the 49ers Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft

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San Francisco 49ers: 6 Players the 49ers Must Avoid in the 2013 NFL Draft
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49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) and general manager Trent Baalke (right) have plenty of work to do with their 14 picks in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft.

The San Francisco 49ers can afford to make some mistakes in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft.

For starters, the 49ers are already a deep and talented team with relatively few areas of need.  Stars like Patrick Willis, Colin Kaepernick, Aldon Smith and Vernon Davis, among others, figure to be in San Francisco for a while.  There are relatively few positions that need significant upgrades.

In addition, the 49ers have 14 picks going into the draft. 

Those two factors put San Francisco in a tremendous position.  The 2013 49ers are no longer the team that was perennially bad a number of years ago, relying on high draft picks to help build a struggling franchise. 

They are good now...really good.

It is also reasonable to assume the 49ers do not plan on using each of their 14 picks on players in the draft.  Considering other teams' needs around the league, San Francisco will likely trade up in the draft at one or more points in various rounds to acquire a player they feel is needed.


"The 49ers have the firepower to make more moves and influence the draft more than any team in the NFL," a source told  "With all those draft picks, and half of them who can't truly make the 49ers' roster, they will be the most dangerous player in the draft.  They'll shake it up like we've never seen before."

Further complicating the 49ers' projections is their relatively limited involvement during free agency. 

Following the trade of Alex Smith and the trade for Anquan Boldin, San Francisco was fairly quiet during free agency.  The losses of Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker, Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean-Francois create some needs for San Francisco. 

The signings of Craig Dahl, Phil Dawson and Glenn Dorsey helped alleviate some of the 49ers' needs, but San Francisco still has legitimate questions to answer in the upcoming draft (via

Fortunately, there are relatively few of them.

All things considered, the 49ers do not need to "hit it big" with this upcoming draft class.  Yet they also do not want to be in a position where a bad draft may hurt them.  Last year's drafting of Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins turned out to be a bust in 2012, a factor that plagued the 49ers during the playoffs and in Super Bowl XLVII.

In Jenkins' case, he may still be a work in progress.  Yet the 49ers want to be able to fill their needs in a way that will help them win now and in the future. 

San Francisco's front office, including head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke, will have to do their proverbial homework on the upcoming draft (

With all those draft picks, they can afford a "miss" or two.  San Francisco still needs to ensure that they avoid another "Jenkins" situation and draft smart.

Here are six players coming out in this year's draft that the 49ers should avoid.

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