There do not figure to be too many 49ers starting jobs wide open this offseason. But that is expected to be the case at safety, where the club must find a replacement for Dashon Goldson.
Luckily for the 49ers, this is a good draft to be looking for a starting safety.
Who's here: Donte Whitner, Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson, Darcel McBath, Michael Thomas
Draft needs: The 49ers countered the free-agent loss of Goldson, a two-time Pro Bowl safety, with the signing of Dahl, who started all 16 games for the St. Louis Rams last season. There figures to be plenty of competition for the starting job among Dahl, the safeties who return and a rookie. After all, the 49ers figure to add someone to the mix with one of their top selections.
Good fits: The 49ers need to draft a safety who has the ability to step in and immediately compete for a starting job. The draft is deep with possibilities, so the 49ers should have no problem finding a good player who fits their needs. If the 49ers hold tight with their selections at No. 31 and 34, they could go after Eric Reid (LSU), Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International), Matt Elam (Florida) or D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina). Kenny Vaccaro (Texas) is generally considered the top safety in the class, so the 49ers would probably have to move up to get him. Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) and Duke Williams (Nevada) also warrant consideration a little later.