The Press Democrat
49ers position-by-position needs
April 18, 2001
Who's here: J.Garcia, Rattay, Carmazzi, A. Garcia.
Draft needs: The 49ers are often
provincial at this position, so Stanford's Randy Fasani and UC Davis' J.T.
O'Sullivan fit the bill.
Who's here: Garrison Hearst, FB Fred Beasley, Kevan Barlow, FB Terry Jackson, Jonas Lewis, Paul Smith.
Draft needs: Perhaps the team can
go after a back in the late rounds to give a little competition to Lewis
and Smith on special teams. It'll be difficult for any draft pick to make
an impact as a rookie on offense.
Who's here: Terrell Owens, J.J. Stokes, TE Eric Johnson, Tai Streets, Vinny Sutherland.
Draft needs: The 49ers are looking
for a speed receiver for the future. The team wants Stokes to take a pay
cut or he will not return. They know Owens might not be with the team in
Who's here: LT Derrick Deese, LG Ron Stone, C Jeremy Newberry, RG Dave Fiore, RT Scott Gragg, Matt Willig, Chad Ward, Dave Costa.
Draft needs: Stone has replaced Ray
Brown. The team expects this will be Deese's final season, so they need
to draft a left tackle. If they take an offensive lineman in the first
round pick for the first time since Harris Barton in 1987, it could be
Levi Jones (Arizona State) or Marc Colombo (Boston College).
Who's here: DE Andre Carter, DE Sean Moran, DT Bryant Young, DT Dana Stubblefield, DE John Engelberger, DE Chike Okeafor, DT Bobby Setzer.
Draft needs: The 49ers want a pass-rushing
defensive tackle to replace Stubblefield in nickel situations. The addition
of free-agent Moran helps here.
Who's here: Derek Smith, Jeff Ulbrich, Julian Peterson, Jamie Winborn.
Draft needs: The loss of free-agent
Terry Killens hurts. If the 49ers can get an outside linebacker such as
Napoleon Harris (Northwestern) in the first round, don't be surprised if
they pull the trigger.
Who's here: CB Ahmed Plummer, CB Jason Webster, S Zack Bronson, S Tony Parrish, CB Rashad Holman, CB Anthony Parker, S Ronnie Heard, S John Keith.
Draft needs: The team's most dire need is a third cornerback. If they don't get a Mike Rumph (Miami) or a Lito Sheppard (Florida) in the first round, they have to grab somebody in the second round.
Who's here: K Jose Cortez, P Jason Baker, KR/PR Sutherland.
Draft needs: Cortez had a difficult time just kicking it over long-snapper Brian Jennings' hindquarters. The 49ers might use a fifth-round pick on Travis Dorsch (Purdue) or Jeff Chandler (Florida).
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