Pre-Draft Needs: San Francisco 49ers

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San Francisco's answer to possibly improving their quarterback position was to sign David Carr. It makes you wonder if they will still address the position in the draft.

Players Added

David Carr/QB - The 49ers decided to not pursue Donovan McNabb. Instead, they signed Carr to be insurance in back of starter Alex Smith.

Karl Paymah/CB - Paymah figures to compete for playing time in a dime role and on special teams.


Players Lost

Shaun Hill/QB - The journeyman signal caller will compete for the No.2 job with the Detroit Lions.

Arnaz Battle/WR - The possession receiver will compete for playing time as a backup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tony Pashos/OT - He found a starting job at right tackle with the Cleveland Browns. Adam Snyder is the current starter at right tackle for the 49ers.

Jeff Ulbrich/LB - He decided to retire. Ulbrich was hired earlier this year as a special teams assistant by the Seattle Seahawks.

Dre' Bly/CB - Bly, who turns 33 in May, is probably one of the best cornerbacks left on the free agent market. Even so, he hasn't found much interest thus far.

Walt Harris/CB - The veteran defensive back missed all last season due to a torn ACL. He turns 36 in August and may have trouble finding a job this season.

Marcus Hudson/CB - He'll mostly play on special teams with the Carolina Panthers.

Mark Roman/S - At this point in his career, Roman figures to be a backup.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Right Tackle - Snyder is probably a better backup than Starter. It's widely believed the team will look to select a right tackle early in this year's draft.

Cornerback - While they have decent depth at the position, the 49ers probably need an upgrade over veteran CB Shawntae Spencer.

Outside Linebacker - Ahmad Brooks was a nice surprise last season, but it's not like he can be counted on any way to be a consistent pass rusher.

Running Back - The one thing they really lack at the position is speed and lateral quickness.


Other Issues to Address

Guard Depth

Safety

Inside Linebacker

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