The 49ers need
a successor for Jeff Garcia. I doubt that the niners will be looking too
hard at the moment until they see just what Tim Rattay can do, but donít
be surprised if the niners take an early QB to groom. If anything though,
the 49ers will draft a late round QB to battle Gio Carmazzi and Aaron Garcia
for the 3rd QB spot. But I wouldnít be betting on either scenario.
Kevin Barlow, Garrison Hearst, Paul
Smith and Jonas Lewis. Isnít much room for a rookie. An undrafted free
agent will most likely be bought in to give Smith and Lewis competition,
but they wonít be drafting a HB.
Again, wonít be drafting a FB, maybe
an undrafted free agent for Terry Jackson, but definitely no draft pick
on the backfield.
Only a late pick for a third TE,
but donít count on it.
JJ Stokes may not be around, and
Tai Streets hasnít shown too much promise. The 49ers need a consistent
WR to go with Terrell Owens, free agency is the most likely destination
to find that kind of player, but donít be surprised if the niners take
WR on day one. But I definitely think that theyíll be looking for a backup
WR, preferably one that will return kicks.
Need depth along the whole offensive
line. Look for Terry Donahue to take prospect that will sit and learn
behind Scott Gragg and Derrick Deese . Should be a definite draft pick,
but look at day two.
With the 49ers now more desperate
than ever to get rid of Ray Brown, with Chris Naeole off to Jacksonville
and Ron Stoneís asking price looking to be a tad high, the draft may be
the place to pick up a new starting OG. But expect the niners to pick up
Stone, and a young OG drafted.
With Jeremy Newberry signing and
Ben Lynch looking to still be around, not much of a chance of drafting
With the addition of Sean Moran,
I doubt the niners would look too hard at a DE. Either Moran or John Engelberger
will start with Andre Carter, and Chike Okeafor and Bobby Stetzer backing
up, if they do take a DE, it would be in day two.
Now this is a skinny position. With
Reggie McGrew expected to be released, Terry Donahue should be looking
at about round 4 to pick up depth. What may even be considered is if the
49ers a deadly serious about moving Bryant Young to a DE, a first rounder
could be spent on a DT to replace him.
With Alex Lincolnís future still
in question, Terry Killens of to the Broncos, and little backing up Julian
Peterson, Derek Smith and Jeff Ulbrich, they need competition to push them.
The niners seem to like Jason Webster
as a starter, but Iím not a big fan of seeing him start, but either way,
the 49ers need a big time corner to play nickelback, let it be Webster
or a draft pick. But the road to success for the 49ers goes through St
Louis, and the niners need someone else to help shut down their arsenal
of receivers. Definitely one picked on day one.
With Tony Parrish signing and Zack
Bronson re-signing, I doubt theyíd waist a pick here.
Jose Cortez showed that he wasnít
an NFL K, Jason Baker wasnít much better than Chad Stanley. But with San
Franciscoís history of going to undrafted free agents to fix special teams
needs, I donít think this is a problem that Donahue will fix in the draft.