All indications are that GM Trent Baalke is going to bring in a quarterback in the early rounds of this year's draft. The lack of a free agency period as we approach the draft adds to the uncertainty surrounding the quarterback position.
Even though the 2011 quarterback class is not top heavy, there is a significant amount of depth. It seems at least a few quarterbacks projected to go in the second round will likely secure jobs as NFL starters one day.
The 49ers may or may not retain Alex Smith. They also may or may not be able to bring in a quarterback through trade or a delayed free agency period. With so many questions, Jim Harbaugh will likely seek to find as many answers as possible in his first ever NFL draft at the helm.