For starters we have a lot of free agents next year. Lawson, Goldson, Franklin, Davis, Smith, McDonald, Spikes, Baas and a few others. I think who we lose of the bunch is going to be a factor in who we draft. If we franchise tag one we could probably sign all but one or two of those guys. Baas, Spikes and McDonald should be cheaper. We might be able to let Franklin and Lawson go with the emergence of RJF, LaBoy, Briggs, and Brooks.
I see us signing all but Lawson and Franklin. Possibly Smith if he doesn't do well.
I'd say biggest need is CB is probably the only need I think will be a safe bet. We probably have replacements for OLB (Brooks), FS (R. Smith), NT (RJF), TED (Bowman). Those replacements probably won't be as good but at least we have decent replacements. I think we sign Vernon Davis for sure.
Bottom line is it depends on who we resign out of all those free agents and which replacements we have confidence in. If we would resign all of them (don't think it's possible) I would say go CB and then BPA all the way through. Maybe draft some backups or future replacements.
Edit: here is the list
This scares the crap out of me... we can't keep all these guys
Alex Smith - Depends on the season but hopefully he resigns cheap if we want him
Vernon Davis - Should be signed first and foremost
Dashon Goldson - I'd prefer to resign him, Reggie has looked good but injury prone
Aubrayo Franklin - I think he goes elsewhere, hopefully RJF will be ready
Manny Lawson - If he doesn't lower demand he is probably gone
Ray McDonald - Sign for cheap... should compete with Soap for LDE
Takeo Spikes - Sign for vet min. as leader for Bowman, possibly starter
David Baas - Unless we see him as future at C no need to resign
Tony Wragge - Versatile vet but unless he signs for min. we probably can't resign
Karl Paymah - Could live without resigning... we will see how he does this year
Demetric Evans - Probably gone after this year
Brian Westbrook - Probably gone after this year... Dixon should be ready
Barry Sims - Probably gone or just let walk
Jason Hill - Probably gone anyways
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Aug 25, 2010 at 8:35 PM ]