San Francisco 49ers: 5 Holes Needing to Be Filled in the 2013 NFL Draft

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San Francisco 49ers: 5 Holes Needing to Be Filled in the 2013 NFL Draft
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The San Francisco 49ers will look to fill a number of voids in the 2013 NFL Draft.

"With the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select..."

That is a difficult statement to finish. 

The talent-laden 49ers will head forward into the 2013 NFL Draft loaded with 13 draft picks.  The work of San Francisco's general manager Trent Baalke has been exemplary, giving the team invaluable options as they move towards draft day. 

Fortunately, the 49ers have relatively few holes to fill this offseason and thanks to a number of key transactions this offseason, San Francisco's needs should be addressed during the draft.

Yet with all those picks, it is uncertain exactly what the 49ers will do.

Will they draft 13 prospects?  Probably not.  There simply are not that many holes to fill.  Will they trade picks this year for picks next season?  Possibly.  Will they use their picks to trade up in the draft?  Probably.

Despite the position the 49ers find themselves in, there are still some glaring needs the team needs to address in this year's draft.  There were some key departures thanks to free agency.  In addition, there are some roster players who may not be wearing a 49er uniform much longer.  Even though San Francisco can afford to gamble somewhat in this draft, they should still take their position seriously.  For a team on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl, it is almost a necessity.

Some of the key needs for the 49ers include the following:

  1. Safety
  2. A Pass-Rushing Defensive Tackle or End
  3. Tight End
  4. Cornerback
  5. Center

The 49ers may also be looking at a number of "wants" during the draft.  That list would include a wide receiver, a running back as well as some depth to their offensive and defensive lines.  They may also be considering upgrades on special teams.  Yet these are better suited for another list at another time.

By addressing the aforementioned areas of need, San Francisco will put itself in a prime position to build around an already talented core of young players.  Exactly how the 49ers go about doing this remains to be seen, but the prospects are out there and many figure to be impact-players at the NFL level.  Can the 49ers get their hands on what they need and will those players fill the voids?  Hopefully so.

Here are five holes that San Francisco needs to address in the upcoming draft.

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