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Ranking the San Francisco 49ers’ Top 5 Needs in 2014 NFL Draft

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Top 5 Draft Needs of the San Francisco 49ers

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Ever since Richard Sherman dubbed Michael Crabtree a “sorry receiver,” the San Francisco 49ers organization has turned into a Grade A drama center -- with controversy surrounding all of their biggest names.

The initial trouble started when Mike Florio’s Pro Football Talk report came out and claimed that there was a deal in place between San Francisco and the Cleveland Browns to send coach Jim Harbaugh packing for a pair of draft picks.

49ers CEO Jed York later came out to refute the rumors.

Then reports began to surface about the not-so-hidden tension between the coach and general manager Trent Baalke over personnel control and a contract that is two years away from expiring. And if that wasn’t bad enough, stories started to break about 49er players becoming tired of the antics that come with Harbaugh’s intensity.

Next up was the news of quarterback Colin Kaepernick seeking to secure a contract in the $18 million range.

It’s like no one was satisfied. They somehow determined that the team was an utter disappointment after three years of falling short in the Conference Championship and a failed Super Bowl XLVII. Now everyone needed a little change, because change is good. But consistency is even better.

And with the last few days all clear on the drama front, it’s time that the 49ers get back to focusing on ways to improve through the draft because the team still has a few key holes to patch up.

Please scroll through the next five slides to see how the team’s top needs rank.

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5. Cornerback

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For the last three years, cornerback has been the 49ers’ weakest position. That means that they could use some help, especially with their top, yet shaky corner Carlos Rogers set for free agency.

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4. Tight End

Vernon Davis
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There’s no secret that Colin Kaepernick tends to look away from one of his biggest weapons in tight end Vernon Davis, so why not go out and bring in a second safety valve like the one they loss in Delanie Walker?

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3. Linebacker

Navarro Bowman
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With defensive stud NaVorro Bowman likely to miss at least half of the 2014 NFL season and Aldon Smith still in line for a possible suspension, the 49ers could use another linebacker to help Ahmad Brooks and Patrick Willis.

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2. Wide Receiver

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A third wide receiver would go a long way in helping to spread the field and take the pressure off of Anquan Boldin and Kaepernick’s favorite (Michael Crabtree) to catch everything.

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1. Quarterback

Colin Kaepernick
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No one expects Colin Kaepernick to leave San Francisco, but it’s time for Jim Harbaugh to start grooming a backup quarterback just in case contract problems ever arise.

After all, the Alex Smith situation showed us that coach is not afraid to use the draft as a precursor to pulling the trigger.