The concerns about the defensive side of the ball are not without merit. But we realistically could be looking at Quinton Patton as the only receiver under contract after 2014 concludes right now. There are receivers available in this draft and we need to take them. We can afford to use two, possibly three picks at the position. It will give us depth, insurance in the event of injury, we'd be able to go on without Boldin and/or Crabtree, and can add some serious top end spend to the position to take advantage of Kaepernick's arm (who loves to go deep, imagine if he had someone that could fly downfield and he could throw the deep pass to him?). It also would be the best way to counter the Legion of Boom. The physical/illegal style of Seattle has to be countered with one or two deep threats. It also would open up everything underneath for the other players, including the running game.
On the defensive line, we have some players and we have depth. Of course we can't depend on Justin Smith forever, however for the time being, he is here, and we have a potential replacement. I just can't see us spending a high pick on the 4th DE at this point in time. Not with the guys ahead of him. I don't object to picking a DE early however. I want us to take Dominque Easley in the third. However Easley likely wouldn't even play next year, unless absolutely necessary, but it still allows us to bring in a very talented guy to add to the rotation.
In the secondary, we can revamp that unit entirely with our picks in the 1st through 5th rounds. I can see us taking two corners and a safety, especially if Eric Wright is not resigned. I do believe we can retain Whitner for the time being, which would give us Tramaine Brock, Chris Culliver, Eric Reid, Donte Whitner, Perrish Cox, along with three other rookies.
I would draft an ILB, but keep in mind we do have Skuta, Moody, and Wilhoite. I'm also wondering how much Fangio will play with the idea of Smith, Willis, Brooks, and Lemonier in small doses, especially if he intends to use the blitz the way he did in the playoffs.
I think we can cover everything with some contract restructures and taking advantage of the talent available in the draft at all positions of need. Even if you feel Kaep is a one read QB, it would be crazy to allow another season to go by without having quality depth and receiver.
Also, why would anyone think we would have to reach in the first round? There will be crazy talent available at the receiver. IMO there are more receivers that will get first round grades than will be actually drafted in the first round. It does mean we can go after another position (CB, S, etc) and get the receiver in the 2nd as was suggested, but drafting a Jordan Matthews or Allen Robinson at 30 doesn't mean we are reaching because we choose to go that route.
[ Edited by LifelongNiner on Jan 26, 2014 at 2:28 PM ]