So far the 49ers may not quite be as good as the team that walked-off the field in Seattle in January. The team has, at best, evenly swapped safeties and is at least ro this point, a little worse at corner -- although if Culliver can come back strong they may improve there. The point is, they could really use a key free agent signing to help the team improve. The real game changing free agents are spoken for, and the 49ers couldn't have afforded them anyway. A veteran wide receiver would be the only place remaining that the team has a chance to improve. I believe in building through the draft, but it's a crap shoot. You never really know how much a drafted player will be able to contribute in the first year. The only early drafted wide receiver that made an impact last year was Keenan Allen, a thrid roumder. I'm hoping they open up the offense a bit and start forcing the ball down the field -- like the second half of the superbowl 2 years ago. The team may improve substantially from the additiom of the res-shirted players and the continued development of other key young players. It looks like an off-season of adding depth (free agents) and youth through the draft (future). There are basically three ways for the team to be better than last year's squad (1) a deeper wr corp - to which adding a free agent veteran will help; (2) the emergence of the red shirts; and (3) a better offensive philosophy that dramatically improves the passing game -- this is more about the coaching than the players. Remember, every season is different. It's not just Seattle we have to worry about. There will be new challengers coming up who were able to improve dramatically.The 49ers also have some downside to manage. Some of their better players, like J Smith and F Gore, will be a year older and probably less effective than they were in January of 2014. I will say this though, if the team has a good draft this year, the 2015/2016 team will be in great position to win Superbowl L at home.