5 Best-Case Scenarios for San Francisco 49ers in 2014 NFL Draft

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5 Best-Case Scenarios for San Francisco 49ers in 2014 NFL Draft
Paul Sakuma
With a plethora of picks in the 2014 NFL draft, head coach Jim Harbaugh (left) and general manager Trent Baalke (right) will be looking to give the 49ers prospects with impact.

Despite the team's needs, the San Francisco 49ers are in good shape heading toward the 2014 NFL draft.

Just like last year, general manager Trent Baalke has done a yeoman's job of stockpiling draft picks. As the draft approaches, San Francisco owns 11 total picks, per ESPN.

Even more enticing is the fact that six of those picks fall within the top 100 selections.

We can all deduce what this means for the 49ers and can look back to last season as a perfect example.

Baalke and the 49ers are in a perfect position once again to execute a number of trades throughout the draft. They can also elect to take multiple shots at various positions in and around the draft.

For example, if the team needs one wide receiver, it can draft two and see who wins the competition.

The 49ers may also trade down or even out of rounds in exchange for more picks in subsequent seasons.

San Francisco has plenty of options and relatively few needs this upcoming draft—an enviable position to be in if you are one of the top teams in the NFL.

So what exactly are those needs?

As stated, the 49ers remain one of the NFL's best and do not need a huge makeover. Yet like any successful sports franchise, continued success is entirely dependent upon bringing in new and fresh talent year after year. San Francisco did that in 2013.

It should do so again.

According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, the 49ers have four pressing needs that should be addressed in this year's draft: cornerback, inside linebacker, wide receiver and the defensive line. The cornerback position is easy to understand given the losses of Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers during the offseason.

At inside linebacker, San Francisco will likely look to add depth, especially considering All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman's recovery following his knee injury during the NFC Championship Game.

A need for a standout wide receiver has also been well-documented. In fact, five draft experts from CBS Sports.com have all tabbed the 49ers as selecting a wideout with their first-round pick in their most recent mock drafts.

Then, the defensive line could use some younger players to bolster its depth.

These needs, along with others that I shall supply, should dominate the team's thought process in the coming weeks.  

With that in mind, let us take a look at five best-case scenarios for the franchise in the upcoming draft. Can the 49ers sit on some players who have high ceilings, or will they be able to trade up to acquire the talent they desire?

All of it is speculation at this point, but given the 49ers' current position, almost anything is possible.

Let us take a look.

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