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Season review, part 6: linebackers

Inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes had solid seasons for the 49ers, but outside backers Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson failed to provide a necessary pass rush. Solution: Find a speedy, fierce linebacker in the draft.

The San Francisco 49ers have the seventh pick in the NFL draft, and they're likely to go one of two ways: draft a quarterback or draft a pass-rushing linebacker. Both are equally important needs. The Niners didn't get productive seasons from their two outside backers, Parys Haralson or Manny Lawson, creating a need the team will clearly have to address this offseason. The inside linebackers in the...

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