The next few days and weeks will ultimately be spent on breaking down and evaluating the actions San Francisco took in the 2014 NFL draft and the subsequent impact this class will have upon the team's future this season and beyond.
We know this roster is stacked. We know that it became even more so after this year's draft.
With all that in mind, what are the preeminent questions the 49ers have to face as they prepare for their 2014 campaign?
Let us wrap it all up with this forward-thinking conclusion, addressing the final questions and concerns San Francisco has to face moving on from this point.
Are We Witnessing the Final Year of Frank Gore with the 49ers?
In all likelihood, yes.
Frank Gore is entering the final year of his three-year, $19.213 million contract. He will be 31 years old to start the 2014 season, and this may very well be his swan song in the NFL.
With Marcus Lattimore awaiting his NFL debut and Carlos Hyde now on the roster, expect Gore to see even fewer carries this upcoming season. Perhaps, as suggested in the above video, Gore is saved for the 49ers' stretch run where experience can prove to be the deciding factor.
Considering how much the 49ers run the ball, the reliance upon a power-running game should still remain one of the paramount weapons in San Francisco's offense. They are well-equipped to do just that.
It will be tough to bid farewell to Gore when that time comes. But we should all be thankful for his contributions and be excited that the 49ers' offense will not lose too much now when he is gone.
How Good is the 49ers' Wide Receiver Crop After the Draft?
San Francisco's 30th ranked pass offense in 2013 will ultimately be better in 2014. That is an easy statement to make.
For starters, Michael Crabtree will be back for a full season. Anquan Boldin returns. While both are solid, physical receivers, the 49ers still needed speed.
They added that during the draft—first trading for Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills and then drafting Bruce Ellington out of South Carolina.
Quinton Patton and Brandon Lloyd also figure into the mix on the depth chart.
Speed was the key need this offseason. Johnson—who netted over 1,000 yards receiving in three of the last four seasons—combines both speed and size. In addition to stretching the field, Johnson can also work as a bona fide red-zone threat.
Adding Ellington as a fast slot receiver also gives quarterback Colin Kaepernick another viable weapon on offense.
Now, Kaepernick just needs to be able to get these guys the ball effectively and often.
How Will the 49ers' Linebacker Situation Shape Up to Start the Season?
The 49ers have two preeminent questions to answer kicking off the 2014 season—how will the team replace NaVorro Bowman and who will generate the pass-rushing capabilities of Aldon Smith?
Bowman is expected to miss at least half the season while recovering from ACL surgery per Taylor Price of 49ers.com.
In his stead, San Francisco initially would have tabbed Michael Wilhoite as the favorite to earn the starting job. Now after adding linebackers Chris Borland and Shayne Skov, the competition gets a little more stiff.
Barring setbacks, Bowman will be the unquestioned starter at the position upon his return. Yet the added depth will help keep him fresh during the second half.
The situation with Smith is a little trickier.
A suspension handed down from the NFL is imminent per NFL media insider Ian Rapoport (h/t Dan Hanzus of NFL.com), and while we cannot totally predict what the length of that might be, an estimate of eight games seems about right.
Then there are the legal implications which, although time consuming, will certainly carry consequences.
That leaves San Francisco's defense with a considerable hole to fill.
Corey Lemonier and Dan Skuta are obvious favorites to fill the void. Yet after adding defensive end Aaron Lynch—likely to shift to outside linebacker—San Francisco may have another amicable option.
Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News describes this further:
The 49ers picked up potential pass-rushing help Saturday by using a fifth-round pick on South Florida’s Aaron Lynch, who’s college career began at Notre Dame before getting sidetracked by what Lynch called “mistakes.” Lynch (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) could help at defensive end and outside linebacker in case 49ers premier pass rusher Aldon Smith is disciplined by the league or team for off-field issues.
Whether it be Lynch, Lemonier or Skuta, the 49ers are in good shape to ride out this storm.
Can the 49ers Match the Seattle Seahawks in 2014?
If their 2014 draft approach had anything to say about it, yes.
Looking back at almost every pick the 49ers made, signs would point to Trent Baalke and Co. executing almost every single move with the Seahawks in mind.
The defense, already solid, just got better. The secondary, once a question mark in San Francisco, has now added both strength and depth.
Power running, a boon for both Seattle and San Francisco has been upgraded and reinforced with the addition of Carlos Hyde.
Then there is the passing game.
Say what you want about the Seahawks' ability to "shut down" Michael Crabtree, but now the 49ers have added one more element for Seattle to consider—speed. San Francisco did not have that last year.
They do now, and plenty of it.
Last season, it was Boldin and Crabtree with a little bit of Quinton Patton sprinkled into the mix.
Add Stevie Johnson and Bruce Ellington to that equation, and suddenly the 49ers' receiving corps looks as if it can be one of the strongest elements in the NFC West.
In short, the 49ers are far better prepared to take on the Seahawks in 2014.
Beyond that, San Francisco is in great shape knowing that they have depth behind pending free agents like Crabtree, Gore and Mike Iupati.
In summation, Baalke and the 49ers did a whole heck of a lot right in this draft.
They addressed each of their pressing needs, often grabbing guys at tremendous value. The team also "let the board talk to them" and they weren't afraid to simply grab the best player available.
San Francisco also showed its willingness to take a gamble on injured players in later rounds. These developmental prospects may wind up being key elements to the 49ers' potential success in coming years.
All-in-all, it is hard to argue with almost every one of San Francisco's actions during this draft. There were some surprises and a number of steals.
Now comes the big task—putting all these pieces together en route to securing a sixth Super Bowl.
Peter Panacy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report, covering the San Francisco 49ers. Be sure to check out his entire archive, including draft analysis and insight from the 49ers in the 2014 NFL draft.
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