NFC West: Dan Connor

Last month, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the team could look at some veteran inside linebackers as star NaVorro Bowman recovers from a torn ACL in his knee. Bowman could be out for half the season.

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The 49ers have yet to add any veteran help, but they have been looking. The team showed interest in free agent Brandon Spikes before he signed with Buffalo. Spikes’ price tag was too big for the 49ers, who are simply looking for some depth and a veteran option in case they must turn to one. The 49ers like Michael Wilhoite, who spelled inside linebacker Patrick Willis successfully for a short period last season, and second-year player Nick Moody. CSN Bay Area reported this week that the 49ers are still exploring the veteran market.

Perhaps one reason why the 49ers haven’t signed anyone is that there are not a lot of great options.

Here are some names that could potentially interest the 49ers: Desmond Bishop, Dan Connor, Jonathan Vilma, Paris Lenon, Larry Grant, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl and Larry Foote. Bishop and Kehl are coming off torn ACLs themselves, and players like Vilma, Barnett and Foote are at the end of their careers.

The bright side for the 49ers is they don’t need much from any addition. They are just looking for depth options.

Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005
10
Jerod Mayo
Amobi Okoye
Matt Leinart
Mike Williams
43
Tyrell Johnson Drew Stanton
Roman Harper
Corey Webster
74
Dan Connor
Yamon Figurs Brian Calhoun
Justin Tuck
111
Martin Rucker
Dewayne Wright
Demetrius Williams
Elton Brown
146 Jerome Felton
Aundrae Allison Dawan Landry Trent Cole
171 Marcus Henry
Clint Oldenburg
Mike Hass
Ben Emanuel
184 Mike Gibson
John Wendling
Adam Jennings
Bill Swancutt
219 Demetrius Bell
Kelvin Smith
Ryan LaCasse
Adrian Ward
244 Angelo Craig
Jason Snelling
Tim Massaquoi
Noah Herron

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The 49ers hold the 10th, 43rd, 74th, 111th, 146th, 171st, 184th, 219th and 244th choices in the 2009 draft. For perspective, I've singled out the last four players chosen in those spots.

The Lions' selection of USC receiver Mike Williams with the 10th overall choice is enough to raise those familiar red flags for receivers drafted in that range. The last 10 receivers drafted between seventh and 10th overall were Ted Ginn Jr., Troy Williamson, the aforementioned Mike Williams, Roy Williams, Reggie Williams, David Terrell, Koren Robinson, Plaxico Burress, Travis Taylor and David Boston.

How many of those once-highly regarded wideouts would you want on your team right now? Not many. Only four have NFL jobs. For those hoping the 49ers might draft a USC quarterback [Mark Sanchez] in the first round instead, it's been done at No. 10 recently and with unconvincing results.

Justin Tuck at No. 74 in 2005 stands out as a terrific value, but I also credit the Giants for developing him.

The 49ers could use a young prospect at safety. They could do worse than the Ravens did when they made Dawan Landry the 146th player chosen in 2006. Landry became a starter as a rookie.

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