2012 NFL Draft: Do 49ers Hold Steady Or Trade?

The San Francisco 49ers have more or less wrapped up their work in 2012 free agency, which means we can look ahead to the upcoming draft with some measure of confidence in what the 49ers roster looks like. The team still might decide to add a guard between now and training camp, but otherwise, the roster is just about what it is heading into the draft.

I was hesitant to look too much at the draft before now in part because the team's needs could have changed dramatically based on moves in free agency. For example, had the 49ers not re-signed Carlos Rogers or Ahmad Brooks, CB or OLB could have turned into significant need positions. They remain areas where the team could use some depth (particularly OLB), but they are not as big an issue now.

We'll continue to ramp up our draft coverage in the coming days, but I am initially curious how people see that first pick being used. Recently, my gut has been telling me the team trades down from the 30th overall pick. However, after thinking it over, I am probably thinking that because the team is in a position to go more best player available, as opposed to filling specific needs.

The 49ers biggest need would appear to be right guard, but I don't think the 49ers address that need in the first round. I actually don't even think they draft somebody in the first three rounds at guard. I think they will draft a guard on day three to compete with Daniel Kilgore and potentially a veteran free agent addition, but I've got a feeling that come September, Daniel Kilgore will be topping the right guard position on the depth chart.

How do you see the 49ers using that first round pick from a position perspective?

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