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49ers FanPulse: Defensive back is the biggest position of need for the Niners

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Judging by the results, it’s not close

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. 49ers fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

In this week’s FanPulse, we polled San Francisco 49ers fans to see what is the team’s biggest need in the upcoming NFL Draft. The results weren’t particularly close.

By percentage, defensive back received an overwhelming 71% of the votes. Offensive line was just over 20%, while wide receiver came in at 9%.

The 49ers could have a need at free safety if Jimmie Ward walks in free agency, but Ward co-signed for Tarvarius Moore as a starter. Jaquiski Tartt is entering the last year of his deal as well. Cornerback is likely the reason the majority voted for a defensive back. Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon will battle to start are the season started today. Both had good and bad moments in 2019. Unfortunately, the bad came at the worst possible time for both players. Richard Sherman had a great season, but father time remains undefeated, and Sherman is entering the last year of his contract, as is K’Waun Williams. The position could look a lot different two years from now—which is why 71% of the vote went to defensive back.

It’s a little surprising offensive line. We have two more years of Joe Staley, assuming he doesn’t retire. Laken Tomlinson is under contract through 2021 as well. The big question is at right guard, where I’ve (prematurely) anointed Daniel Brunskill as the starter. Joe Thuney or Brandon Scherff is great in theory. Realistically, those are pipe dreams. Mike Person’s limitations hurt the team during 2019, and Brunskill was more effective in limited action. He deserves a shot to start. With that said, right guard could still stand upgrading. Weston Richburg isn’t going anywhere after. He’s under contract through 2023.

We’ve talked about wide receiver every day. Here is a list of wide receivers under contract through 2022 that has caught a pass in the NFL:

Deebo Samuel

That’s the list! Smart teams look ahead, and with the injuries and question marks at the position, it’d be wise to invest in a wide receiver this season. Where are you at with the biggest positions of need for the 49ers?