The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful NFL franchises on record. The franchise has won a very impressive amount of Super Bowls and is the home team for some of the best players in NFL history. Heading into the 2017 NFL season, the 49ers were not considered by many to be a top tier team. They did not have a very successful year in 2016 and seemed to be in the process of rebuilding.
The 2017 season did not start off very well. The team lacked consistency from the quarterback position and struggled to find cohesion on defense. Through the first 11 games of the year, the team had just one win. However, all of that changed when the team traded for quarterback Jimmy Garropolo. Garropolo was a backup quarterback for the New England Patriots and was very successful when he was able to play. Due to his age, track record, and skill set he was expected to be a very highly sought after free agent this offseason. The 49ers ended up trading for him and got him for just a 2nd round draft pick.
Once Garropolo got in the starting lineup, things turned around immediately. He ended up leading the team to 5 straight wins and the team is now considered to be one of the favorites to make the playoffs next year. While they had a very strong finish to the year, the team is now looking forward to the next season. One way that they will do this will be by focusing on the draft (https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-May-Have-Eyes-on-Big-Oklahoma-State-Receiver-474855573.html).
Last year, the 49ers made one of the big moves of the year when they traded down just one pick and picked up several additional selections from the Chicago Bears. The team now has a lot of different picks to use over the next few years that could be used to acquire much needed depth. The team is reportedly focused on drafting a wide receiver in the first few rounds that could provide the team with speed and open up the field. One of the players that they are also looking into is Marcell Ateman. Ateman is a very big body that had a very productive year for his school last year and could excel in the NFL.