Question: Do the 49ers have on their to-do list a heavyweight running back that can move the pile on short yardage situations? We were woefully lacking in that category last year.
Answer: Good question. Look for the 49ers to draft a running back in either the third or fourth rounds this year to compete with Maurice Hicks for a roster spot. However, there is a sense in the organization that they over-thought the short-yardage issue last season and that they simply should use Frank Gore in those situations. If they draft a running back, it could be a quick, change-of-pace type runner.
- Matt Barrows