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2007 NFL draft/positional analysis: DEs

If Anderson not there, SF will have later options

A defensive end who can hold the point of attack in the 49ers' base 3-4 scheme and provide legitimate heat in the pass rush is arguably the team's biggest need in the 2007 draft. Those players are hard to find, but there are a few prospects at this position on which the Niners would pounce at the No. 11 slot in the first round. Here, we analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the draft's top DEs.

POSITION ANALYSIS: The 49ers need to address this position somewhere high in the draft, even though they have a solid set of projected starters in their base 3-4 with Bryant Young and Marques Douglas. The problem is, Young is 35 and entering his 14th NFL season and Douglas turned 30 last month. The team also has young Melvin Oliver, who surprised last year while starting 14 games on the edge as a... Recommended Stories