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San Francisco 49ers Needs: Pre-Draft


Jake Arthur
What do the San Francisco 49ers still need to do this offseason to fortify their roster? | Photo Credit: SportingNews.com

San Francisco 49ers Team Needs

The San Francisco 49ers have had a tumultuous previous year featuring plenty of retirements, firings and hirings. They have done very little through free agency to better themselves since the last time we addressed this topic, so the biggest focus on improving their roster lies in the hands of the 2016 NFL Draft.

 

1. Interior Offensive Line

The 49ers lost their second best offensive lineman, guard Alex Boone, in free agency, but they do get right tackle Anthony Davis back from “retirement”. Without Davis’ return, this would just be any offensive lineman in general.

Between the group of potential interior starters Ian Silberman, Brandon Thomas, Daniel Kilgore, Marcus Martin, Zane Beadles and Trent Brown, there is a whole lot to be desired there. Regardless of who will be playing quarterback in San Francisco this season, their identity is almost surely going to be as a power running team – they won’t go far with their current group of linemen.

 

2. Quarterback

You could easily make an argument for quarterback being the 49ers’ biggest need, seeing as Colin Kaepernick has his front foot in Denver and the back one barely in the Bay Area. However, Blaine Gabbert would not be the worst option in the world, especially if new head coach Chip Kelly can help Gabbert build off of the solid campaign that he had last season.

The 49ers are in great shape to find their quarterback of the future with the seventh pick in the draft. Nobody knows how the top of the draft is going to change, sending the remainder of the top-10 into a potential tailspin. Teams (San Francisco included) may try to hop closer to the top to select the players that they do not want to miss out on. Could the 49ers do that for rookies Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?

 

3. Defensive Front Seven

Things are best with the 49ers when they have a tone-setting defensive front seven, and right now, things could use improvement. Lineman Tony Jerrod-Eddie became a free agent, and front-seven players like Glenn Dorsey, Tank Carradine, Corey Lemonier, Gerald Hodges, Michael Wilhoite, Shayne Skov and Ray-Ray Armstrong are all among those due to become free agents following the 2016 season.

The 49ers were able to re-sign nose tackle Ian Williams, which is a start, but they are also still looking for someone to try and fill the shoes of the retired Patrick Willis and Justin Smith as well as edge rusher Aldon Smith.

 

 

Jake Arthur is the AFC South Newsdesk Manager, Assistant Director of NFL Content and a Featured Analyst for Pro Football Spot. He is also a member of the Professional Football Writers of America. Follow @JakeArthurPFS and @Spot_Colts on Twitter, as well as on Google+ and FanCred.

 

 

 


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48 minutes ago, Brendan Walker said:

Looks like Kaep is staying in San Fran guys..Do they still go after a QB in the draft?

I would think so. QB isn't one of those positions where you can really keep an unhappy guy around. Gabbert may be better in Kelly's system anyways. They could "RGIII" Kaepernick.

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I like that interior offensive linemen is put at the top, rather than quarterback. The 49ers proved they can survive, or at least have a fighting chance, without Kap. The rushing game averaged about 4.0 yards-per-carry last season and was one of the brighter spots on the offense outside the apparent resurrection of Blaine Gabbert. 

Its no question Kelly's going to run the ball, whether it be from the QB, HB, or WR. The problem is, do the 49ers have any athletic, quick linemen who can make the pulls necessary and get out front on runs outside the tackle? Probably not, for now. Best bet is to get new blood from the draft. Colleges are pulling away from the traditional pro-style and are looking for athletes, across all positions, to run their faster offenses. 

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On April 4, 2016 at 2:28 PM, Jake Arthur said:

For real, though. They let this thing get waaay out of control.

It's a shame how it's all come crashing down since 2013. But it happens.

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with the move by PHI yesterday, SF is pretty much boned in terms of getting Goff/Wentz (not that ether would necessarily be the "savior" for the team).

time to move the 1.07 for a lower 2016 1st and more picks in 2017 and beyond. they're in full rebuild at this point with too many needs at skill positions to be met in a single draft this year.

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On 4/22/2016 at 7:09 PM, Ali Siddiqui said:

They should've kept Harbaugh. Guy's a hothead but is one hell of a coach

agreed. though i've softened a bit on Chip and am willing to give him a chance (like i have another choice).

the full rebuild is gonna be tough on the fans. hopefully 49er Management is committed to it, and understand it's a multi-year process. kinda like 2003-2010.

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