The San Francisco 49ers have infused the roster by drafting 12 new players and signing seven undrafted free agents. In addition, general manager Trent Baalke acquired veteran wide receiver Stevie Johnson in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.
Although two of the 49ers' draft picks are likely to be placed on the physically unable to play (PUP) list for the 2014 season, there will still be tremendous competition for jobs.
It was a surprise to see Baalke select so many players, even though this was considered a very deep draft. It is extremely unlikely that all 10 rookies from this class will make the roster.
Instead, what the 49ers needed are impact players who can step in an contribute immediately. The 2013 draft garnered the 49ers one such impact player. The 49ers traded up to get Eric Reid, and he looks like he will be a starting safety in San Francisco for years to come.
However, the jury is still out on the remainder of the 2013 class. 2014 will be a big year to see if players such as Tank Carradine, Corey Lemonier, Vance McDonald, Quinton Patton and Marcus Lattimore can emerge as key contributors to the 49ers' quest for their sixth Super Bowl title.
The 2012 draft was a bust, as only LaMichael James and Joe Looney remain from that entire draft. In addition, neither James, nor Looney, has made much of an impact, and their jobs are not certain this coming year.
Baalke did not aggressively move up the draft board in the early rounds to select players who could provide immediate dividends. The 49ers are still very thin at cornerback, even though Baalke selected Jimmie Ward in Round 1.
Ward is expected to play the slot corner role in the 49ers' nickel package and is key to the success of coordinator Vic Fangio's defense.
Baalke waited until the fourth round before he selected another defensive back, Dontae Johnson, a corner out of NC State. With the uncertainty at this position, it was a surprise that Baalke did not trade up to grab a more highly rated cornerback.
Arguably the best move Baalke may have made during the draft was not making a pick at all. He traded a conditional fourth-round pick in 2015 to Buffalo for veteran receiver Stevie Johnson. If Johnson does well, this pick could also become a third-rounder.
With the influx of new talent, the future of several current 49ers is in doubt. Let's see which current players will be most affected.