Shockingly the 49ers addressed every position during the draft week, through the IR/NFI list and trades (Stevie Johnson, QB Gabbert and OT Martin)
WR- Stevie Johnson & Bruce Ellington for 2015 free agent Michael Crabtree
RB- Carlos Hyde- for 2015 free agents Kendall Hunter and Frank Gore
C- Marcus Martin- for 2014 free agent Jonathon Goodwin
OG- IR Brandon Thomas- for 2015 free agent Mike Iupati
LB- Chris Borland- for injured Navorro Bowman
OLB- Aaron Lynch for 2016 free agent Aldon Smith
S/CB's- Jimmie Ward, Dontae Johnson, Acker and IR Reaser - for 2014 free agent Carlos Rogers and Tarelle Brown
The IR players this year will also be able to show what they can do.
DL- Tank Carridine, Dial, Lawrence Okoye: These guy will determine if the 49ers need to draft a top D-lineman in 2015 draft, or Free Agency.
RB- Marcus Lattimore
OT- Luke Marquardt
They even got a potential upgrade on IR rehabbing and learning the playbook for a year.
FB- IR Trey Millard- for Bruce Miller
EVERY position has been addressed since the last game a few months ago through 2013 IR/PUP list players, trades, 2014 draft and I didn't even include free agent signings. That being said it almost seems as though the 49ers only need may be at CB (depends on how the rookies, Chris Cook and Eric Wright play.)
The ONLY upgrade on offensive skill positions side of the ball is at WR. (And yes C, OG and OT has also been addressed.)
TE: Vernon Davis, best in the league
RB: 2 SOLID candidates in RB's Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde (I guess a home run hitter couldn't hurt, but how many 4.3 RB's are available, if any)
FB: Trey Millard can be an upgrade over Bruce Miller and will spend the year rehabbing and learning on the NFI/PUP list.
Thus the top position to address in the 2015 draft is CB, and then STUD WR on offense.
Ifo Ekpre-Olumo Oregon
Tra Waynes Michigan St.
Amari Cooper Alabama
Nelson Agholor USC
Jalen Strong ASU
Devante Parker Lousivlille
Examining some of these guys, it's clear why Trent Baalke decided to wait a year to address the speed factor. Next year's draft may not have as many receivers, but there will be bigger and faster receivers at the top of the draft. In addition, he's waiting for Michael Crabtree to come off the books. Next years rookie WR, will get a year to learn from Anquan Boldin. 2015 WR's: Boldin, Johnson, Patton, Ellington and 2015 WR???
Trent may also decide to go the CB route depending on the this years crop of DB's fare.
All in all, pretty darn good job by Trent Baalke. Some teams didn't even address their biggest needs, 49ers on the other hand addressed EVERY position.
[ Edited by Garlicboy on May 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM ]