The 49ers have made to at least the NFC Championship game in each of the last three seasons only to fall short of winning their sixth Super Bowl.
San Francisco has 11 draft picks with six coming in the first three rounds. Those selections should allow the 49ers ample opportunity to bolster their roster and attempt to wrestle control of the NFC West away from the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
However, San Francisco has struggled to find major contributors in the draft over the last two seasons. The 49ers haven’t had one member of their 2012 draft class start a game in the past two years. The 2013 class does looks more promising. Eric Reid posted a terrific rookie season at safety. Hopes are high for Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore, who are both coming off injuries. Vance McDonald, Joe Looney, Quinton Patton and Corey Lemonier played in supplemental roles as rookies.
But the 49ers will need those players – and their 2014 draft class – to develop into core members for the future instead of just contributing pieces.
You can read our full breakdown of the 49ers’ draft needs here. Cast your ballot below for what you think would be San Francisco’s best option with the 30th overall selection.