No reason for 49ers to draft for need

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No reason for 49ers to draft for need

There should be no pressure for the 49ers' 2012 draft class to produce immediate results.After all, there are only two starting positions on the team that appear to be unsettled. And the 49ers might already have the eventual starters on the roster at both of those spots.
The starting job at right guard could come down to Alex Boone or Daniel Kilgore. And the wideout position opposite of Michael Crabtree will likely be a contest pitting Randy Moss and Mario Manningham.Where the 49ers need help is with depth -- wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, outside linebacker and defensive backs. So it's the perfect year for general manager Trent Baalke to take the best player available -- almost regardless of position -- beginning with the No. 30 overall selection.RELATED: 49ers' local pro day set for April 18
After all, most NFL teams are one injury away from seeing any position become an area of need.Beginning in 2010, the final 12 draft slots have been determined by how far teams advanced in the playoffs. (Prior to that, the Super Bowl teams had the final two picks and the draft order of the other playoff teams were arranged by regular-season record.)Here is a look at how the first-round picks of the teams that made it to the AFC and NFC championship games since 2010:2010
29, Jets: CB Kyle Wilson was the No. 3 corner behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and broke up five passes. He also averaged 7.4 yards o 15 punt returns. His role did not change in his second season.
30, Vikings: Traded pick.
31, Colts: DE Jerry Hughes saw limited action as he played in 12 games as a rookie with no starts behind Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. He was in the same, limited backup role in his second season, too.
32, Saints: CB Patrick Robinson saw action in 11 games with four starts as a rookie behind starters Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter. His role did not change in his second season.
RELATED: 49ers updated depth chart

2011
29, Bears: RT Gabe Carimi started the first two games before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
30, Jets: DE Muhammad Wilkerson started all 16 games and finished season with 53 tackles and three sacks.
31, Steelers: DE Cameron Heyward played in all 16 games as a backup to Brett Kiesel. He had nine tackles and one sack as a rookie.
32, Packers: OL Derek Sherrod failed to win the starting job at left guard over T.J. Lang out of camp. He played in just five games before sustaining a broken leg late in the season.

Source: Packers executive Wolf withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Source: Packers executive Wolf withdraws from 49ers' GM race

Executive Eliot Wolf has agreed to a new contract to remain with the Green Bay Packers and has pulled out of the running to become the 49ers’ next general manager, a league source confirmed.

Wolf’s decision to remain with the Packers, as first reported by USA Today’s Tom Pelissero, leaves the 49ers with three known candidates for the job to replace Trent Baalke as general manager.

The 49ers this week informed a handful of candidates they would not be given second interviews for the position. Wolf and Brian Gutekunst, also of Green Bay, George Paton of Minnesota and Arizona’s Terry McDonough remain under consideration for the job after the initial list was pared down.

The 49ers are expected to involve presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan in the process to name the next general manager. Shanahan, Atlanta's offensive coordintor, is prohibited from officially becoming the 49ers' next head coach until after the Falcons' season is over. The Falcons play the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

Wolf, 32, is in his first season as Green Bay’s director of football operations after receiving a promotion after being denied an opportunity to interview with the Detroit Lions last year. Wolf is widely considered the heir apparent to Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

The 49ers interviewed Wolf on Jan. 5, along with Gutekunst, the Packers’ director of player personnel. Wolf is the son Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf.

Adam Gase offers advice to presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan

Adam Gase offers advice to presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan

Coach Adam Gase, a finalist for the 49ers’ head-coaching position two years ago, learned in his first season with the Miami Dolphins it is essential to have a solid staff around him in order to remain focused on calling plays.

Presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has spent the past nine NFL seasons as an offensive coordinator, including the past two with the Atlanta Falcons. His teams have ranked within the top-10 in total offense in six of those seasons. The Falcons play Sunday in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

Shanahan’s knack for game-planning and play-calling are, perhaps, the biggest reasons the 49ers have tabbed him to become head coach. And he is not likely to delegate those duties when he becomes the man in charge on the sideline.

But Gase, speaking on “The 49ers Insider” podcast, noted the importance of being surrounded by a strong staff in order to continue to run his team’s offense.

“It really comes down to how good your coaching staff is around you and how good your support staff is and how you can manage the game during the game and still be able to call plays,” Gase said.

The Dolphins’ staff includes special-teams coordinator Darren Rizzi and his assistant, Marwan Maalouf, who have studied game management and are responsible for alerting Gase to impending in-game circumstances that require his attention. Rizzi is on the sideline during games, while Maalouf is located in the booth.

“They were staying one step ahead on things,” Gase said.

Gase and Shanahan have never worked together, but Gase said they have known each other for a long time because they are approximately the same age and came into the league around the same time.

“You see guys at the combine and the Senior Bowl," Gase said. "You’re at these functions and you see each other once or twice a year. And it’s always good catching up and getting a chance to talk football.

“We grew up in different styles of systems on offense, but at the end of the day, football is football, and there’s always great conversations to have. He’s really smart. . . (We’ve) crossed up a little bit, where he’s worked with certain guys I’ve worked with and vice versa. And I’ve heard nothing but great things about him, with what he knows football-wise and how he goes about his day-to-day activities and work ethic. All I’ve ever heard are great things about him.”

Shanahan is expected to be included in the 49ers' process of hiring a general manager. The 49ers this week informed four of the remaining eight candidates for the position they would not be included in a second round of interviews. That leaves Green Bay’s Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf, Minnesota’s George Paton and Arizona’s Terry McDonough as those who are still under consideration.

When asked what advice he would give Shanahan, were he to officially become 49ers head coach, Gase said, “It’s all about communication.”

He added, “It’s all about that constant dialogue throughout the season. It’s really easy to get lost in doing your job as the head coach. But when you’re all invested in the same thing and you’re all striving to do the same thing and that communication is really rolling, that gives you your best chance to have success.

“It’s never guaranteed because there are so many factors that happen within the season with injuries and schedule and just all those little things you can’t predict, but when you have great communication and you’re all working toward the same thing, that’s going to give you your best chance.”