The San Francisco 49ers were a play away from winning the Super Bowl this year, but that doesn't mean there aren't roster issues that need to be addressed. The team has great players at virtually every position, but depth and age issues have made wide receiver and defensive line more of a priority than other positions.
ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay released their newest mock draft updates last week, and they have the 49ers looking in different directions to get help at the end of the first round.
Kiper has San Francisco drafting Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins:
The current construct of the Niners' roster really offers them a great chance to maximize value, and getting a player like Jenkins this far down the board would represent a lot of value. I also think San Francisco should be conscious of depth and age on the defensive line. We saw how diminished the pass rush was when Justin Smith wasn't healthy, and that's because Smith simply eats up blockers. Jenkins can do the same, though he's certainly no proxy for Smith. But at 359 pounds, he can really move.
McShay, meanwhile, has the 49ers picking up another offensive weapon in Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter:
Nose tackle is a possibility here, but wide receiver is a legitimate need for the 49ers with both Randy Moss and Ted Ginn scheduled to hit free agency. The team would like A.J. Jenkins to become a difference-maker in the slot, but San Francisco needs another outside weapon who can take advantage of QB Colin Kaepernick's strong arm. Hunter's hands are a bit inconsistent, but he is a smooth athlete who runs good routes and can make plays downfield.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft on Monday, and he has the 49ers looking in another direction. He predicts the team will select Florida International safety Jonathan Cyprien at 31.