Originally posted by nickbradley:
I'll accept your assessment -- but how do we fix it for 2013/2014?
Draft a 3-4 DE, Datone Jones is ideal, he should be available around where the 49ers will be picking in the 1st.
Sign a mid-tier free agent DE or draft one in the latter rounds for further depth.
Draft an NT, let Soap go. Soap is not an NT, he did a hell of a job last year, but even last year, was basically average, this year he's gone off the cliff. He gets handled regularly by a single blocker, in a 3-4 that is a problem, your NT is supposed to keep blockers off your linebackers to allow them to get to the runner, he hasn't done that and that is one reason why this team has gotten gashed at times.
Sign a veteran mid-tier/lower-tier NT, bringing back Aubrayo Franklin would work while letting the rookie develop.
Draft a CB, draft someone that can eventually take over as a starter and that could potentially supplant Rogers next year.
Either re-sign Goldson or sign Jairus Byrd of the Bills who is more of a ball-hawking safety. If Goldson is re-signed, draft a free safety to develop, if Byrd is signed, draft a strong safety to develop, eitherway Whitner should be shown the door when his contract expires after next season.
Add another WR, someone that can come in and contribute, that can play opposite Crabtree, another playmaker to give Kaepernick some more options.
Let Delanie Walker walk and draft a big, 6'5"...6'6" tight end with solid hands who can be a real weapon in the red-zone.