It is difficult to predict exactly what the San Francisco 49ers will do with just over one week remaining before the 2013 NFL Draft.
For starters, San Francisco currently holds 13 picks and seven of those are in the first four rounds (cbssports.com). Fortunately for the 49ers, their number of picks exceed their total number of definitive team needs. There are not a lot of holes to fill nor are there significant upgrades needed at a lot of positions. Simply put, San Francisco does not need to draft 13 prospects in 2013.
With that stated, the 49ers are in a tremendous position for this year's draft. It is reasonable to assume that they will not only draft a few top-caliber players with their high number of early-round picks, but also that they will trade up, perhaps even multiple times, during the draft. In addition, San Francisco is in excellent shape to trade picks in this year's draft for picks next season.
All are legitimate possibilities and open up the door for the 49ers to "shake things up" like no one has ever seen (NinersNation).
Yet San Francisco still has to take this draft seriously. For a team on the cusp of winning a Super Bowl, the 49ers are looking for the right pieces for the right price. They also need to be capable of preparing for their future, keeping in mind future contracts of star players who are due to get paid over the next few seasons.
Considering this, San Francisco has some legitimate questions to answer.
For starters, they need help in their defense. A pass-rusher, either at defensive end or tackle, is a top priority, as is a safety. The 49ers may be looking to add depth at cornerback. In addition, San Francisco needs to replace the loss of Delanie Walker at tight end. They may also be considering a wide receiver as well as depth at running back. There could also be special teams upgrades as well.
While it is nearly impossible to determine exactly how any NFL draft will fall into place, there are quality predictions based on the various factors that influence a team's draft decisions.
Here is a full seven-round mock draft prediction for the San Francisco 49ers, highlighting each move San Francisco may make during the draft.