Originally posted by BadgerHawk:
There is absolutely no need for 14 players. They will trade a handful of these to move around. I have no problem trading out of the first if they can snag a 1 for next year. that strategy seems to work in New England. Green Bay goes the way of stockpiling picks and while it helps stock a roster, it is only needed for a while and then its like a cup, it just overflows.
You're assuming that every single player will perform as predicted and that there won't be any busts. I'm sure based on Baalke's history they'll trade for a few extra picks next year but ultimately, they're going to be looking at replacing and upgrading quite a few players/positions.
Ted Ginn-He's out the door, need a replacement for him.
Tramaine Brock-Gone as well, that's one more spot to replace.
Delanie Walker-Don't see him coming back, yet another player to replace.
Alex Smith-He'll be traded, somewhere they need to acquire another QB, I'd prefer it to be a rookie to be developed.
Leonard Davis-Can't say he was all that great, Looney could take his spot but they still need more depth on the OL.
Larry Grant-Someone will likely be offering him a starting spot somewhere, so he's gone.
Soap-Aging, unless he signs a cheap deal, he may not be back, further increases the demand for DL depth.
RJF-May not come back, decent sub and rotational player at DE but not much else.
Randy Moss-He may retire or go elsewhere, in anycase, the 49ers need to upgrade their depth at WR.
Tavares Gooden-Special teamer, may or may not return.
I fully believe that the 49ers could add 9-10 rookies to this roster to replace guys that are leaving and upgrade at certain positions. And they can get by with having that many rookies as most of them will be serving to provide depth, with few having key roles, especially considering this is a team absolutely stocked with leaders and high quality veterans.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Feb 9, 2013 at 15:09:40 ]