8 Potential Value Picks to Patch Up the 49ers' Roster

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8 Potential Value Picks to Patch Up the 49ers' Roster
Chris Carlson

The San Francisco 49ers have proven adept at finding value in the NFL draft over the years.

Starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick was selected in the second round, while the likes of NaVorro Bowman, defensive end Ray McDonald, cornerback Tarrell Brown and free safety Dashon Goldson—who have both since departed for pastures new—outside of the first round.

San Francisco has also regularly struck gold in the opening round, with Eric Reid proving to be the latest in a long line of successes that has included Patrick Willis, Michael Crabtree and Aldon Smith to name but a few.

General manager Trent Baalke will have 11 picks to work with as he looks to fill the holes in a roster that is considered to be among the deepest in the NFL.

The 49ers are expected by many to execute a trade to move up in the first round in order to secure the services of a premier prospect, which they did in 2013 when they use some of their selections to leap to No. 18 and take Reid.

However, there is depth throughout the 2014 class, especially at the wide receiver and cornerback positions, the two spots where San Francisco is arguably the weakest, meaning that the Niners may not necessarily need to move up the board in order to find talent at positions of need.

There is plenty of value in the 2014 draft for San Francisco to find, and here I look at eight selections that could patch up the gaps in the team's roster.

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