Free Agents, Draft Picks That Could Fit the San Francisco 49ers' Biggest Needs

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Free Agents, Draft Picks That Could Fit the San Francisco 49ers' Biggest Needs
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Being two months away from the Super Bowl and four months from the 2014 NFL draft kind of makes you wonder what the San Francisco 49ers need from one to achieve the other.

This is an organization that prides itself on building through the NFL draft, and they’ve been very effective dating back to 2005.

Outside of all-world defensive tackle Justin Smith, the scouting department has cherry-picked all of the components that make this team a perennial title contender.

A forgotten star from Penn State, a wunderkind pass-catcher from Texas Tech, a freakishly gifted athlete from Maryland, a college tight end turned first-round offensive tackle and a throwback hitter from Ole Miss have become key pieces on the team.

This is why the draft matters.

As a testament to the team’s general manager, Trent Baalke, and the job he's done in recent years, San Francisco has also unearthed a lot of complementary pieces in free agency that have been effective stopgaps and positive influences on the team.

But obviously, their bargain-shopping approach has had its ups and downs.

So, with the 2013 regular season nearly in the books, it’s time to take an early look forward at what the 49ers can do to scrounge up another epic offseason haul.

 

Round projections based of NFL Draft Scout and CBS Sports. All contract information via Spotrac. Statistics are courtesy of Sports Reference and Pro Football Reference, unless specified otherwise.

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