NFL Draft 2011: Jim Harbaugh's Sights Set on San Francisco 49ers Needs

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NFL Draft 2011: Jim Harbaugh's Sights Set on San Francisco 49ers Needs
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The 49ers needs are mostly obvious, but things aren't always what they seem.

In a year in which the CBA has ground free agency and trades to a halt, the draft has started to seem more and more important for clubs looking to fill holes on their teams.

San Francisco boasts a new head coach, and thus a new system that players will need adapt to as quickly as possible.

Their passing game and passing defense are the 49ers' biggest concerns currently. Still, other positions could certainly use some more depth. Additionally, Harbaugh's new schemes might warrant very specific talents at certain positions.

Assuming the lockout doesn't last into next season and a free-agent signing period eventually takes place, many of these holes can be filled (and would be better filled) by experienced veterans.

In the meantime, the draft is the league's only certainty, and it's coming up on the calendar very quickly.

For an updated opinion on the possible effect of the court-ordered lifting of the lockout, follow this link.

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