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Projecting San Francisco 49ers' Starting Lineup Pre-2014 NFL Draft
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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Co. will look to quiet any doubts about the 49ers in 2014.

With the 2014 NFL draft just around the corner, the San Francisco 49ers are looking at their current roster, trying to analyze and predict just how the team will shape up en route to a sixth Super Bowl championship.

Forget all the discussion about the 49ers' off-the-field issues that have made news in recent weeks and months.

This team is stacked and they know it.

The good news the 49ers can enjoy will come in waves. There are relatively few position battles to be decided before the regular-season commences. There are, perhaps, even fewer roster spots available for San Francisco to supplement via the draft.

Combine that with the 49ers total of 11 draft picks at their disposal per CBS Sports, and the phrase "the rich keep getting richer" applies here.

Even if San Francisco traded away all of its 2014 draft picks for a bag of footballs, this team would still have to be considered elite. That is an excellent position to be in moving forward.

So let's put all of that into consideration. With almost every one of the starting jobs locked up for 2014, what will the 49ers' lineup look like?

Here is what San Francisco's depth chart currently looks like per CBS Sports.

We know that there are some intangibles that cannot be predicted before the draft. Given the needs—some of which shall be described later—we can assume some prospects will have the chance to compete for starting jobs, much like safety Eric Reid did a year ago.

At other positions, we know exactly who the starter will be. Those predictions and evaluations will be easy to make.

In this slideshow, we will predict the 49ers' starting lineup just before the 2014 NFL draft, focusing primarily on starters and immediate backups where applicable. 

For clarity purposes, depth and role players will likely be omitted even if they wind up on the 53-man roster.

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