The 49ers had a remarkable season that ended with a frustrating loss in the Super Bowl so they obviously have a good team, but they do have some holes to fill. Wide Receiver is a glaring one on the offensive side of the ball, but I really don’t see them going with one in the first round. I think they’ll go with a defensive player to help sure-up one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Although Donte Whitner made the pro-bowl, he did get beat more than any safety in the league. I think San Francisco goes with a safety to allow those dynamic pass rushers even more time to get after the quarterback.
Team Needs: Defensive Line, Safety, Wide Receiver
My Prediction: Matt Elam, Safety Florida
Elam is a star safety off of one of the best defenses in the country in 2012. Florida continuously churns out great defensive players and I think the Niners would jump at the chance to have him don the red and gold. There is some debate as to where Elam falls in the grand scheme of prospects and I think he falls just outside of the top 25. If he does get drafted before #31, look for the pick to go to Eric Reid from LSU or Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International.
Check back tomorrow for the breakdown of the 30th pick. It belongs to Atlanta.