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Execs list three positions as deepest in the 2017 NFL Draft

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The three positions are areas the 49ers might want to wait on, but the change in staff means all bets are off.

Every year, the NFL Draft is particularly strong in certain positions. Some years we’ll see a crazy wide receiver class, other years the pass rushers are strong, and sometimes we get a great quarterback class. This year, there are a handful of particularly intriguing positions.

Recently, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah spoke with five executives to get their votes for the strongest position in the upcoming draft. Three of them said cornerbacks, and one each said safety and tight end. Jeremiah agreed with the three saying cornerbacks, noting that he has ten corners in his top 50 big board.

The San Francisco 49ers are not exactly in a position to be overly picky when it comes to adding talent. They have some interesting players at corner and safety, and of course, have invested in the tight end position with extensions for Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek and a draft pick on Blake Bell.

The team is turning over most of the coaching staff, and the front office has a new decision-maker at the helm. Certain positions seem like they would not be addressed given how recent drafts and free agency decisions have gone, but we are talking about a new group at the top. I don’t imagine they just cut players for cutting players’ sake, particularly younger players, but the new staff could mean all bets are off with regard to who we view as likely to stick around.

There is a ton of film for the new coaching staff and front office to evaluate between now and the start of free agency. And if the certain draft options are available at the end of April, any purge of talent could very well carry over beyond the start of free agency.