San Francisco 49ers: NFL Draft Big Board, Post-Free Agency

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San Francisco 49ers: NFL Draft Big Board, Post-Free Agency
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About one month ago, we looked at the top 30 prospects in the draft, adjusted for need by the San Francisco 49ers.

A month is an eternity in the NFL, especially during the beginning of the offseason.  Since that article, the NFL Scouting Combine and pro days have drastically changed the value of some of prospects.  Players considered first-round picks a month ago may not be considered as such today.

Similarly, teams needs have changed since the beginning of free agency.  The 49ers, for example, no longer have such a pressing need at safety due to the signing of Antoine Bethea.  That would depress the value of players like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, at least as far as San Francisco is concerned.

With all that in mind, let’s update the top 30 players in the draft from the 49ers perspective.  As a refresher, both positional need and overall talent are considered.  The idea of the list is such that the 49ers would take the highest-ranked player when they go on the clock, no matter if they sit back at No. 30 or trade up into an earlier selection.

You can also use it as a handy cheat sheet as to the likelihood of a 49er trade.  If a player ranked highly starts dropping, the 49ers might jump up to grab him.  Conversely, if a large portion of the list remains when the 49ers are slated to make a pick, they could opt to trade back and pick up more picks next season.

Without further ado, the list.

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