San Francisco 49ers Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades

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San Francisco 49ers Draft Picks: Results, Analysis and Grades
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With a plethora of picks, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke will look to bolster an already elite team.

With the 2014 NFL draft looming, the San Francisco 49ers stand poised to cash in on one of the deepest draft classes in recent years.

San Francisco boasts a total of 11 picks—six of which fall in the top 100 per CBS Sports.

This gives the 49ers, a team already laden with talent, plenty of ammunition to execute virtually any move possible. Further bolstering the team's position is the notion that there are relatively few needs. The 49ers franchise is already elite without this draft, providing an added luxury.

Still, general manager Trent Baalke and the 49ers' front office must take this draft seriously.

There are needs that should be addressed. There are concerns, both current and future, that the 2014 draft class can help alleviate. In order to stay atop the NFL, Baalke and Co. will need to act accordingly.

So how will they?

For starters, we can assume the 49ers are targeting two immediate positions of need—wide receiver and cornerback.

With incumbent Nos. 1 and 2 receivers Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin locked up for 2014, the 49ers aren't exactly pressed to get a playmaking receiver on offense right away. Yet the fact the team ranked No. 30 in the NFL with 2,979 passing yards in 2013 suggests this need is pretty clear.

Combine that with Boldin's age—33 years old—and that Crabtree is entering a contract year, and suddenly the focus on a long-term receiving solution becomes more paramount.

Then there is the need at cornerback.

San Francisco parted ways with veteran defensive backs Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers during the offseason. While the team can bank upon the returned of Chris Culliver, who missed all of 2013 with an injury, as well as the offseason addition of former Vikings cornerback Chris Cook, this unit is still pretty thin.

Do not be surprised to see the 49ers tap into multiple prospects at each of their needs throughout the draft.

Aside from those two positions, look for the 49ers to make some additional moves during the draft to reinforce other areas of less-than immediate need.

San Francisco may consider adding some depth to its defensive line. In spite of picking up the fifth-year option on Aldon Smith, the 49ers' front office may still look to add a pass-rushing linebacker at some point late.

As always, developmental and role-player prospects should be a part of the 49ers' draft equation.

This slideshow will be updated with each pick as the draft moves along. Each slide will break down the prospect selected, along with analysis and how he fits in with the team. Finally, a grade will be assigned to each individual pick.

Be sure to keep this slideshow open as you follow what the 49ers do in each round of the 2014 NFL draft.

 

All statistics, records and accolades courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated. Additional draft information courtesy of CBS Sports.

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