San Francisco 49ers: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis

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San Francisco 49ers: Complete 2014 NFL Draft Wrap-Up and Analysis
Associated Press
With the 2014 NFL draft complete, the San Francisco 49ers look to fine-tune their roster.

The 2014 NFL draft is now complete, and the San Francisco 49ers were one of many teams that was able to cash in on one of the deepest draft classes in recent history.

Armed with 11 picks heading into the draft, general manager Trent Baalke and the 49ers' front office stood poised to bolster an already elite roster—adding to the notion that the rich keep getting richer.

While a number of experts mocked San Francisco as taking either a wide receiver or cornerback in Round 1—areas of substantial need—the 49ers did neither. Instead, they tabbed strong safety Jimmie Ward with pick No. 30.

Beyond that, the 49ers continued to address need and depth. (The entirety of the team's draft can be viewed here.) The actions, especially in later rounds, showed that San Francisco was willing to "let the board do the talking"—an aspect pointed out by head coach Jim Harbaugh on ESPN's coverage of the draft.

This draft had a bit of everything for the 49ers. There were a flurry of mid-round trades, the addition of injured players who will likely spend rookie seasons on reserve as well as an apparent mindset to get the franchise on par with the division rival Seattle Seahawks.

The multitude of picks employed by the 49ers during this draft not only gave them the ability to match such expectations but also to reinforce positions of need.

San Francisco had a lot riding on this draft even if it was already poised to return one of the best rosters in the NFL in 2014. Fortunately, the 49ers have appeared to strike hard in this draft—both in terms of immediate and future impact.

In this slideshow, let's break down and analyze San Francisco's actions, picks and expectations in the wake of the 2014 NFL draft.

 

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

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