NFL Draft: 49ers Don't Address Needs

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IApril 30, 2008

With the 2008 NFL Draft in the rear-view mirror, lets look back on it and break it down.

My beloved San Francisco 49ers, in my opinion, did not have a good draft.

The two things they needed were an impact wide receiver and a pass rusher. The Niners did not address either need.

With their first round pick, the Niners took Kentwan Balmer, a run stopping DT. The Niners desperately needed a DE or outside linebacker to rush the passer, but passed on players like Quentin Groves of Auburn or Phillip Merling of Clemson. The 49ers didn't take a single DE in the whole draft.

The Niners also needed a No. 1 wide receiver. The 49ers are relying on Bryant Johnson, an unproven No. 3, and an aging Issac Bruce. With the 39th pick, the Niners passed on DeSean Jackson and James Hardy. Offensive guard was not enough of a need to pass on quality wide receivers. The only wide receiver the Niners took was Josh Morgan, a sixth round pick who won't make an impact.

Overall, the San Francisco 49ers had a solid draft and acquired good talent, but did not address holes that desperately needed to be filled.