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ORLANDO, Fla. – The 49ers have 10 draft picks and will pick up another when the NFL announces its compensatory selections this week at the NFL owners meetings.
With a roster that is among the deepest and most-veteran laden in the NFL, what can the 49ers be expected to do?
“Pick 11 players,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told CSNBayArea.com.
All but the 49ers' compensatory selection, which is expected to be at the end of the third or fourth round, can be traded. And Baalke left the door open for the organization considering all possibilities during the May 8-10 draft.
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“You never have enough draft picks,” Baalke said. “The fallacy that you have too many picks doesn’t work with us. If we could have 20 a year, we’d take 20.
“It all depends on how the draft falls and what we need to do to get the players on our roster that we target in the draft, whether that means moving up, standing pat, moving back. There’s a lot of flexibility. As you’ve seen the last few years, we’re not opposed to using any of them.”
In the first two weeks of the new league year, the 49ers re-signed receiver Anquan Boldin, signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea and acquired backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert and tackle Jonathan Martin in trades.
The 49ers cut cornerback Carlos Rogers, and lost cornerback Tarell Brown, safety Donte Whitner and reserve running back Anthony Dixon in free agency.
The 49ers are expected to add more inexpensive complementary pieces over the next several months.
“It’s never over. It’s an on-going process,” Baalke said. “We’ve never been big players in the early part of free agency. This year is no different. We feel good about the football team that we have. There are things we know we need to address and we will address. But this is no different than any other year for us.”
The 49ers figure to look for a wide receiver to stretch the field and more depth at cornerback. Despite those holes on the depth chart, Baalke said he believes the 49ers have gotten stronger since the end of last season.
“Yeah, we think we have,” he said. “Time will tell. Once again, free agency is not over. We still have a draft with 11 picks, so there is a lot of work to be done. This offseason, right now, is shaping up just like the ones previous.”