The San Francisco 49ers came within four points of winning the Super Bowl. Even though they ultimately fell short against the Baltimore Ravens, the continued signs of progress last season led to a positive outlook for the long-term competitiveness of the franchise.
Over the past two seasons, the 49ers have won 24 regular-season games and three playoff games. They reached at least the conference championship game both times, albeit in completely different fashions under Alex Smith and then Colin Kaepernick.
The emergence of Kaepernick helped take the offense to the next level, but questions arose during the playoff run about the defense. It's a unit that ranked second in points allowed during the regular season but gave up at least 24 points in each postseason game.
San Francisco has 14 draft picks to work with, as it stands now. That gives the 49ers some flexibility in terms of trading up to fill holes on both sides of the ball if they so choose. Knowing that, let's examine each area of the roster and figure out where those resources would be best used to upgrade.