Even when you have eight picks—two in the first round no less—each selection must count.
While an emerging team like the 49ers can always stand to improve just about anywhere, some needs are far more important to fill than others.
The offensive and defensive line, the secondary and a dynamic kick/punt returner on special teams—all are areas the team needs to solidify prior to the beginning of the 2010 season.
The offensive line allowed too much pressure and too many hits on the quarterback, while conversely the defensive line generated too little pressure on opposing signal callers.
The secondary contains some solid players but lacks a big play corner or safety. There are a few too many aging vets as well. It needs to get younger, more aggressive and find a way to generate more turnovers.
Enough cannot be said about getting a dynamic kick returner. Field position is a huge factor for an offense, and all too often the 49ers' returners were unable to gain enough yards to put the offense on a short field. That has to change.
Also important—though not a high priority—is adding a linebacker to line up across from Pro Bowler Patrick Willis. The defensive line needs to get more pressure on the quarterback, but the linebacker corps needs to do its part as well.
If the 49ers can pair Willis with another tough, aggressive and play-making linebacker, that will make things tough on opposing quarterbacks.
One thing to remember—this team proved last spring that it will take the BPA, or Best Player Available, if the value is right.
So while most picks should fill a need, at some time there is a good chance that Singletary and Company go off the grid.