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John Jenkins makes a tackle against Mississippi State.
The San Francisco 49ers have had a very busy offseason. Gone from the team are starters Dashon Goldson, Randy Moss and Isaac Sopoaga. Also, role players Delanie Walker, Ricky Jean-Francois, Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden are moving on. Place kicker David Akers has also been replaced.
GM Trent Baalke has brought in free agents Glenn Dorsey, Dan Skuta, Marlon Moore, Phil Dawson and Craig Dahl. All have been signed under very reasonable contracts. In addition, the 49ers also acquired receiver Anquan Boldin in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.
Heading into the draft, there are two major needs that can be addressed with the 49ers' picks at No. 31 and 34. These positions of need are safety and nose tackle.
At safety, Matt Elam, Eric Reid and Jonathan Cyprien would be excellent fits for the 49ers. The top nose tackles who should be available with one of these picks include Jesse Williams and Jonathan Jenkins.
The 49ers also could use one of their top two selections to get a top flight defensive end. Datone Jones would be that option. If one of the top cornerbacks is available, such as Xavier Rhodes, Jordan Poyer or Desmond Trufant, that would also be an outstanding selection.
After their first-round selection, the 49ers have two picks in the second, third and fourth rounds. This gives them a great deal of flexibility to make deals and get the players they truly covet.
GM Trent Baalke has 14 total picks at his disposal, so look for a lot of action surrounding the 49ers on draft weekend. There is no way Baalke ends up with 14 picks, as there will never be that many openings on the roster.
Look for the 49ers to trade up, bundle picks to acquire higher selections or trade out of certain picks to get additional assets for 2014. This will be the 49ers' most exciting draft in recent memory.