Originally posted by Ninerfan81:
Based on Trent Baalke's article about drafting players for need before they're needed, we can maybe look at who the Niners could be targeting in the draft. With the first three picks I see them looking at Matt Elam (to replace Whitner), Margus Hunt (to replace Justin Smith) and Darius Slay or DJ Hayden to replace Carlos Rogers. Baalke knows he can't afford to pay everyone and Kaepernick, Aldon Smith, Iupati and Crabtree are priorities to sign in the next year or two.
This is the line of thinking I have had in all of my mocks. Players we need to replace with this draft are Donte Whitner, Justin Smith, Carlos Rogers, and Anquan Boldin.
I don't like Hunt or Elam. But here are the guys I would target to make these replacements:
31: Tank Carradine for Justin Smith
34: Jonathan Cyprien for Donte Whitner
mid-2nd: DJ Hayden for Carlos Rogers (trade up from 74 for a mid 2nd round pick)
61: Da'Rick Rogers for Anquan Boldin