The San Francisco 49ers emerge from their bye week with a 5-1 record and a commanding three-game lead in the NFC West. Their success means that the 49ers will likely have a first-round draft pick somewhere in the mid 20s.
Although it's premature to take a hard look at the 2012 NFL draft, the bye week gives us cause to do that. In addition, without knowing which underclassmen have declared for the draft, I acknowledge that this is just a first look at some of the players who may be available when the 49ers make their pick.
The primary positions of need for the 49ers to focus on for their first-round pick in 2012 appear to be wide receiver, defensive line and defensive back. These are also areas where the 49ers do not have a lot of top quality depth. With this in mind, I will concentrate on seniors in these three areas for our draft preview.