San Francisco 49ers: 2014 Final 7-Round Mock Draft

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San Francisco 49ers: 2014 Final 7-Round Mock Draft
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Will the 49ers be aggressive in the first round like they were in 2013 when they traded up for safety Eric Reid?

The San Francisco 49ers are counting down the final days and hours before the 2014 NFL draft, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Armed with 11 total picks, per CBS Sports, the 49ers are in position to strike it rich in a prospect pool that NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock called "the deepest draft class in a decade," according to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk.

For the 49ers, the focus is simple—grab the best possible pieces via the draft that can help turn an already elite NFL team into a Super Bowl champion.

One of the things that has made San Francisco such a successful team the past three years is that they have been able to sustain the level of dominance and fortitude that many other teams struggle with in this era of large contracts and salary caps.

The 49ers have been willing to let go of players who are too costly to retain, instead electing to draft eventual replacements.  Look at the transition from safety Dashon Goldson to rookie Eric Reid a year ago as a perfect example.

By doing this, general manager Trent Baalke and the 49ers brass are capable of keeping the proverbial "window of opportunity" open for the foreseeable future.

If San Francisco fielded zero picks in this year's draft, the team would still put a remarkable squad on the field in 2014.  The team is loaded with talent.  Everyone knows that.

Yet Baalke, head coach Jim Harbaugh and the front office cannot afford to take this draft lightly.

San Francisco has a number of needs to address in this year's draft.  Aging players, depth and contractual questions will all factor into the decision process leading up to May 8.

In this slideshow, we present a final seven-round mock just before the start of the draft.

While mock drafts are never a perfect prediction to what will transpire—remember, nothing in the NFL is ever guaranteed—they do give us insight into how teams might approach their needs and what specific actions they could take to accomplish their goals.

San Francisco is no different.

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