9 Names Every 49ers Fan Should Know Ahead of 2014 NFL Draft

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9 Names Every 49ers Fan Should Know Ahead of 2014 NFL Draft
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The San Francisco 49ers have perhaps the most options of any team in the upcoming NFL draft.

With 11 selections and six in the top 100, San Francisco has the chance to use its picks to load up on talent or move up or down the board to fill their few needs as they see fit.

Heading into the draft the Niners' need at cornerback has been exacerbated by prospective 2014 starter Chris Culliver's felony charge, reported by Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, following a hit and run incident involving a bicyclist in San Jose last month.

San Francisco should target at least one cornerback in the early rounds and will also be expected to recruit a wide receiver to improve the offense as it looks to secure that long-awaited sixth Super Bowl title.

Luckily for the 49ers the 2014 draft is packed with excellent prospects at both those positions and they should easily be able to improve their situation in the secondary and at receiver.

San Francisco could also look to add depth to an aging defensive line, recruit a kick returner and choose to draft a safety to compete with and develop behind free-agent addition Antoine Bethea.

Furthermore an inside linebacker cannot be out of the question with NaVorro Bowman set to miss time due to the serious knee injury he sustained in the playoffs last season.

But which players could the 49ers target come May 8?

Here I look at nine players San Francisco fans should know ahead of a draft, analyse their abilities and assess the likelihood of them becoming 49ers next month.

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