Early on in the free-agent market, the San Francisco 49ers were quiet, as they endured uncontested departures by several key players.
But inevitably, once the market started to cool, the reigning NFC Champions pounced and have been progressively working the offseason ever since.
The Niners front office, led by Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke, orchestrated two trades and facilitated four unrestricted free agent signings.
All in all, San Francisco acquired a backup quarterback, strengthened the receiving corps, added to the defensive line, tweaked the secondary and upgraded the special teams. While most of these moves were unglamorous, they were necessary to fill out the roster.
Although, there is a silver lining.
With six Pro Bowls between them, the striking transactions involve the trade for Anquan Boldin and the signing of Nnamdi Asomugha (h/t NFL.com). The additions of Glenn Dorsey and Phil Dawson might also yield positive results.
Now all of a sudden, the 49ers’ depth at cornerback and wide receiver appears supreme, and yet they are still adding components. As they head into late April, San Francisco will have less and less to concern themselves with on draft day.
With a surplus of draft choices, Baalke and Co. can navigate the board at will, truly hand-picking their players of the future.
In the following slides, we’ll project San Francisco’s 2013 draft selections for all seven rounds.