The NFL Draft is just around the corner and yet again this year the San Francisco 49ers are looking at plenty of draft picks to build up their roster with. While they don’t have a single pressing or dire need at any position, the Niners can use help all around the roster and may end up doing some things they did last year to secure some players that can help down the road.
Some of the players the Nincers picked last year are going to help down the road in the literal sense, not so much the traditional sense, as guys like Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore were too injured to help in 2013 but have talent to be studs further down the line. According to ESPN’s Bill Williamson, we could see the Niners target injured prospects again in 2014 like Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum or Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
There doesn’t appear to be any big-league player who is hurt like Lattimore and Carradine were last season. But there are a few possibilities the 49ers could consider such as Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum, Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley and even Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray.
The Niners taking Murray would be a classic Harbaugh pick, as he’s demonstrated he’s willing to take big name guys just to have them. He’s also a quarterback guru so it might not be the west move, although Exum fills more of a need than Murray does.
Either way, the Niners’ draft day plans are yet unknown but we wouldn’t be surprised if they took more chances in 2014 like they did in 2013.