The San Francisco 49ers are and have been one of the better teams in the NFL over the past three seasons and have done so with a great balance of talent on both offense and defense. But one of the more difficult things in today’s league is to keep these championship caliber teams together. With free agency and the salary cap, teams now have to deal with the fact that big name guys like Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers move on or are cut which is why the draft is essential in keeping a team’s winning culture alive.
This current Niner team doesn’t have many holes but the wide receiver and cornerback positions could use some new blood and luckily for the 49ers those are the positions where the 2014 draft is deepest.
So is San Fran’s biggest need wide receiver or corner? It’s really 50/50 and I have been back and forth all offseason. San Francisco already has a couple of good receivers but a third would definitely make them very dangerous for opposing defenses. The signing of Brandon Lloyd has definitely helped the cause and although he hasn’t played in a year, he still has shown in the past that he can be a productive player. Because of that signing I feel that the 49ers have enough to have a very dynamic offense. This leaves the 49er secondary.
Right now they are without their two starting corners (Tarell Brown signed with the Raiders and Carlos Rogers was cut) of a season ago and if they don’t do anything to bolster up that position they will have two young players starting including one in Chris Culliver who is coming back from from a knee injury.
This year’s draft has guys like Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard who will go in the the top 15 and there are eight guys who can be potentially be selected in the first couple of rounds. With that much talent there is no reason why San Francisco would try to improve any other position. A good secondary showed what it is capable of accomplishing and with the dominant front seven and their excellent safety it seems that the missing piece is a shut down corner.