The 49ers played extremely well to finish last season, but they still are a one- or two-win team without their quarterback.
They need more talent.
And they play in the same division as the LA Rams, who may have the most talented roster in the NFL. The Rams won 11 games last season, and just added Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Ndamukong Suh, and are trying to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. Four Pro Bowlers.
The Niners also play in the same division as the Arizona Cardinals, who won eight games last season without their star running back — David Johnson. He’s healthy now.
And the Niners play in the same conference as the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons — four terrific teams who could compete with the Niners for a wild card spot if the Niners don’t win the NFC West.
The Niners better crush the upcoming draft, or they could miss the playoffs next season. That’s where they stand.
These are the challenges the 49ers will face in the draft.
Challenge No. 1: Don’t take another Pac-12 defensive tackle in the first round.
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