San Francisco 49ers: Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer

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San Francisco 49ers: Day 1 2014 NFL Draft Primer
Paul Sakuma/Associated Press
Head coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke look to bolster an already elite 49ers franchise in the 2014 NFL draft.

With the 2014 NFL draft closing in fast, the San Francisco 49ers are poised to cash in on one of the deepest draft classes in many years.

San Francisco owns a total of 11 picks in this year's draft per CBS Sports. Six of these picks fall in the top 100, giving the 49ers even further leverage in attacking the draft to reinforce an already dynamic and talent-laden franchise.

We can assume the 49ers do not have 11 holes on their current roster to fill. This leads us to speculation that general manager Trent Baalke may elect to trade up at various points throughout the draft.

Perhaps he and the 49ers' brass are eyeballing some key playmakers early in Round 1. A trade-up for an explosive wide receiver like Mike Evans or a promising cornerback like Justin Gilbert are not out of the question.

Currently sitting with the 30th pick in Round 1, San Francisco has the power to be aggressive in this fashion. But given how deep this draft class is, Baalke and Co. may also be comfortable in sitting tight and drafting at No. 30. 

As mentioned, the 49ers do not have a lot of holes to fill in this draft, yet they cannot afford to take this draft lightly. There are needs.

Two of these primary concerns are at wide receiver and cornerback—positions further described by Curtis Crabtree of NBC Sports.

San Francisco's Nos. 1 and 2 wideouts Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin will assuredly be featured often in offensive coordinator Greg Roman's scheme this upcoming season. But with the 49ers' 30th-ranked pass offense needing help, expect Baalke to bolster this playmaking position.

On top of that, the 49ers parted ways with veteran corners Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers during the offseason. In spite of some free-agent moves and players injured in 2013 joining the roster, this position is still relatively thin.

Behind these two positions, San Francisco should also be looking for added depth along its defensive line and linebacker corps. 

All of these needs, and how the 49ers go about addressing them, shall be revealed throughout the draft. For now, let us focus our attention to Day 1 and what we should expect from San Francisco.

 

Statistics, records and accolades courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com and Sports-Reference.com unless otherwise indicated. Contractual information courtesy of Spotrac.com.

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