Positions for next year?
Baalke seems to draft to improve backups who may be ready to start in the near future, and also emphasizes need by round placement. Cam Johnson and Darius Fleming were later picks who had chances to prove themselves but didn't. So this year he upped the anti by drafting higher for the front seven positions.
Looking at draft history the front seven has received no real interest for several years until 2013--four players, two high picks and two low.
So, looking forward to next years draft, which positions are most likely for a boost of talented players? Of course, who they lose in FAcy is key, but right now I would guess:
CB/S (need to replace FAs and get younger)
WR (Jenkins and Patton need to show they are playmakers or...)
NT (if the young guys are not able to hold the middle)
OL (they need some young guys who can replace players overpriced in FAcy)
The nice thing about the needs list is that they can really go after BPA at this point, no need is imperative next year unless injuries hit. Keeping all the DBs will be a big problem if they perform well, so I placed that at the top.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Jun 14, 2013 at 7:45 AM ]