The NFL offseason is in full swing for the San Francisco 49ers. The team didn't make many moves in NFL free agency, and appear likely to address their positional needs in the NFL Draft. With the Draft less than a month away, it's time to take a look at the 49ers' biggest team needs.
The 49ers have several needs to address in the draft, and the 49ers have enough picks to address most of them. Although fans might want a new coach, general manager, owner or whatever, only positional needs are detailed here. Needs already addressed via free agency (like re-signing DT Ian Williams) are not included. With all that in mind, here are the 4 Biggest Team Needs For The 49ers In The 2016 NFL Draft:
The Niners remain engaged in talks with the Broncos about QB Colin Kaepernick, and although those talks have hit a snag, it seems likely that the 49ers will trade Kaepernick this offseason. Even if the 49ers don't, QB is still a major area of need. Kaepernick struggled last season, and Blaine Gabbert is still Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers could very well take Cal QB Jared Goff in Round One.
2. Offensive Line
We're grouping a few needs together here, but the 49ers really need offensive line help. Getting OT Anthony Davis back from a one-year retirement would be a huge addition at right tackle, but Davis has yet to apply for reinstatement and there's no guarantee he will. He's also been away from the NFL for a full season. If Davis doesn't return, the 49ers must find a new right tackle. Erik Pears simply can't handle the role. The team needs guard depth, even with the addition of Zane Beadles. At center, Marcus Martin was a disaster, while Daniel Kilgore wasn't much better. However, an offseason of health could boost Kilgore's play.
3. Wide Receiver
It doesn't seem likely that Anquan Boldin will be back, and the 49ers need more weapons. Getting DeAndre Smelter healthy could be a big boost, but the 49ers need more. Torrey Smith has value as a deep threat, but Quinton Patton and Bruce Ellington didn't show enough that they can be counted as a primary option. The 49ers lack a true No. 1 WR, and they could find one in this year's draft.
4. Pass Rusher
Aaron Lynch is a talented pass rusher, but the 49ers need more. Ahmad Brooks is aging and regressing and shouldn't be starting. Eli Harold, a third rounder last year, might be better off as a third pass rushing option. The 49ers should take another 3-4 OLB if one falls to them during the draft.