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April 17, 2013
49ers already have "nine or 10" draft picks in 2014

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One of the biggest stories in the upcoming draft is that the 49ers have more picks - 13 - than any other team in the draft. They're already looking at a nice haul for next year as well.

"We've already got, I believe, it's nine or 10 (picks) for next year," general manager Trent Baalke said today.

In addition to having one pick each in the first seven rounds, the 49ers have an extra pick, believed to be a seventh rounder, from the trade that sent backup safety Colin Jones to the Panthers a year ago. Another is from the March trade that sent quarterback Alex Smith to the Chiefs. As of now, it's a third-round pick, but it could improve to a second rounder if certain parameters are met.

Presumably the possible 10th pick Baalke referred to would come if the team were awarded a compensatory pick for the free agents it lost this year.

It's impossible for good teams to keep all of their top players for the long haul. Indeed, several prominent 49ers, including quarterback Colin Kaepernick, receiver Michael Crabtree, guard Mike Iupati and linebacker Aldon Smith will be eligible for free agency in two years, and the team is not expected to keep all of them.

The 49ers' hope and strategy is that they can replace the good players they lost in free agency with relatively inexpensive alternatives in the draft. Indeed, that appears to be what they're planning at safety this year. They lost Dashon Goldson in free agency to Tampa Bay last month and could draft his replacement next Thursday or Friday.

There's also a strong possibility that the 49ers parlay some of their draft haul this year into more picks for the 2014 draft.

Said Baalke (who made sure to keep all of his bases covered Wednesday): "So we're in that stage where we're trying to stay ahead of the game from a pick standpoint - but we're not opposed to moving up and minimizing the number of picks and getting the players we want."

Signed through 2013
CB Nnamdi Asomugha
WR Anquan Boldin
CB Tramaine Brock (should he sign his RFA tender)
CB Tarell Brown
CB Perrish Cox (RFA)
K Phil Dawson
RB Anthony Dixon
DL Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
C Jonathan Goodwin
WR Chad Hall
OLB Parys Haralson
WR Joe Hastings
WR Mario Manningham
S Darcel McBath
QB Colt McCoy
WR Marlon Moore
DL Justin Smith
QB Scott Tolzien (RFA)
DL Will Tukuafu
S Donte Whitner
LB Michael Wilhoite
WR Kyle Williams

Signed through 2014
TE Garrett Celek
WR Michael Crabtree
CB Chris Culliver
DL Lamar Divens
DL Glenn Dorsey
RB Jewel Hampton
RB Kendall Hunter
G Mike Iupati
LS Brian Jennings
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie
QB Colin Kaepernick
OL Daniel Kilgore
WR Ricardo Lockette
FB Bruce Miller
OL Al Netter
LB Dan Skuta
OLB Aldon Smith
DB C.J. Spillman
LB Nathan Stupar
S Michael Thomas
OL Wayne Tribue
OT Kenny Wiggins

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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