You wouldn’t know it judging by their wealth of capital, but the San Francisco 49ers have one of the tougher roads in the draft. This is because their A-plus roster stipulates that they find as many blue-chip players as possible, or else the selection might be wasted when that player doesn’t make the final roster.
And if they can’t find a top-tier talent, the players they do take better do one or two things exceptionally well.
That’s a tall order to fulfill for seven straight rounds. That is why for the most part the mock drafts we’ve done here at Bleacher Report have included trade ups for the 49ers.
They also have so many picks and so few roster spots to hand out that it seems inevitable on draft day. But for the sake of this article, we’re going to go with San Francisco’s 11 set picks through Rounds 1-7, identifying fits that will not only make this roster, but also have a defined role and help this team right away.
The following will profile nearly a dozen players by round that the 49ers could use in 2014 and beyond.