San Francisco 49ers' Top Needs and Fits in the 2014 NFL Draft

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San Francisco 49ers' Top Needs and Fits in the 2014 NFL Draft
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Cunning general manager Trent Baalke and the San Francisco 49ers have a league high in draft picks again this year, expecting a total of 12 in 2014, via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. Judging by the way things went last year, this should put the ballclub in position to dictate each of the seven rounds and make several value picks again.

However, with the roster about set in stone with depth at virtually every position group and draftees from last year still to be added to the active game-day roster, the 49ers will conceivably need even fewer players than they did an offseason ago.

That's when they went in with 13 picks, traded up three times in the top 100 and still overdrafted players.

In order to avoid drafting talented players that land with other teams, they may make more aggressive trades, target specific players at needs positions and draft less bodies overall.

Knowing that this team is looking for just a few key contributors, the following is a comprehensive list of several ideal fits. This means, as of January to February, they are the best-looking prospects with the least questions and most potential to influence San Francisco’s team. The Niners can't waste picks on players who disappear on their roster. 

So for this draft, we're looking for players who cannot only crack the lineup but also change the look of the team while making it more productive.

That being said, these are all “gold-helmet guys” who already look like 49ers. These players can fill a need this year while enhancing their respective position group and helping the team to get over the Super Bowl hump.


Stats provided by Sports-Reference College Football. Round projections and measurements courtesy of NFL Draft Scout and CBS Sports. (*) Denotes the optimal choice based on round projection, team need and player fit.

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