At this point of the offseason, the 49ers have addressed needs on both sides of the ball by adding depth on offense and retaining key free agents on defense.
The offense has added two downfield threats at the wide receiver position in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham along with power running back Brandon Jacobs. Defensively, the team ensured all 11 starters will return to the club in 2012 by franchise tagging safety Dashon Goldson and re-signing linebacker Ahmad Brooks and cornerback Carlos Rogers to multi-year contracts. Now, it appears free agency signings are approaching a standstill across the league as players are contemplating trying to sign on with a team last minute before the draft, or waiting to see what the demand is like for their services after the draft dust settles.
In the case of the 49ers, it remains to be seen if the team will add more veteran talent in free agency. That could all depend on what the 49ers accomplish with seven draft choices.
One 49ers beat writer believes there’s no pressure for those draft picks to produce immediately based on the collection of talent already on the roster. More on that line of thinking and additional team and league news can be found after the jump.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com believes there appears to be only two starting positions unsettled on both sides of the ball for the 49ers, right guard and wide receiver opposite of Michael Crabtree. Maiocco also examines the production of late first-round picks from AFC and NFC Championship game teams since 2010.
Speaking of needs, Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com believes guard, wide receiver and defensive linemen stand as the 49ers’ biggest needs in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com unveiled his annual “Better-Than Team,” made up of players he likes better-than most scouts.
Charley Casserly of NFL.com shares a unique perspective on how NFL clubs evaluate mock drafts prior to the draft. In his time as a general manager with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, Casserly would use the mock drafts a week prior to the draft to see what other teams might do in the first round and which players would potentially be around in the second round.
Lastly, in case you missed our live chat with tight end Delanie Walker, here’s the transcript which features a number of topics being answered by the versatile 49ers player.
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Linebacker Tavares Gooden continues a solid first week on Twitter with a fun message for his followers.
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