The 1st round of the NFL Draft starts Thursday night in Chicago. The 49ers will draft #7 unless they trade it. The team holds 12 picks in this draft and will be looking to fill positions that are in need of talent.
On offense, the 49ers will be looking to draft OL help, a QB, and possibly a wide receiver. The offensive line is a positional group that could improve the offense immediately with a good pick. The #7 pick could be used to upgrade that position. The team will draft a quarterback that will fit Chip Kelly's offense, but it will probably be in the later rounds. This pick will likely sit a year to learn the offense while Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert starts. In addition to a QB, Chip will want a physical WR to add to his offense.
On defense, the 1st pick for the 49ers is looking like it will be used to upgrade one of 2 major needs, defensive line or linebacker. A good defensive line pick usually shows on the field quickly. It will also upgrade the defense immediately. The team will also likely use a pick to address the lack of a partner for NaVorro Bowman in the middle. The rotation used after Patrick Willis retired did not work well. Also, look for the team to select cornerback help, which seems to always be a need of the team along with the WR position.
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