As the NFL draft nears and the evaluation process continues, the scales continue to tip in favor of some prospects while lightening for others. This can be due to poor pro days, bad interviews, mysterious postseason surgeries or even negative perception from scouts around the league. And sometimes, teams simply settle prior need positions in free agency.
The San Francisco 49ers, like all other NFL teams, have succumbed to these circumstances, as their board continues to take shape by the week.
Now that the pro days are wrapping around the nation and teams are setting their draft boards, the Niners are getting a far better idea of what's most important to their team and where they can afford to take risks. This has made for an enticing offseason so far, mostly because this team can go in several different directions with the flexibility they've provided themselves with.
That being said, let's zero in on some prospects and positions that may have influenced the thinking of the 49ers and their draft board.