SANTA CLARA -- Trent Baalke is weighing a vague "pool of players" for the 49ers' first-round draft pick Thursday night.

That serves in stark contrast to last year, when the upstart general manager spied a particular player, even sliding that prospect's name -- wide receiver A.J. Jenkins -- into a sealed envelope before the draft.

Jenkins indeed became their pick at No. 30 overall, and although he didn't catch a single pass his rookie season, the already stocked 49ers went on to reach the Super Bowl.

The 49ers remain loaded for another Super Bowl run. Again, they own a late appointment in the draft's opening-night showcase. However, their 13-pick arsenal might allow them to move up from the 31st position, especially if they're willing to package the 34th overall pick they also own.

So which reinforcements are possible? The 49ers don't have many needs, but here are a few candidates that could fit at the defensive line, free safety and tight end:

  • DE Margus Hunt, SMU, 6-8, 277: An Estonia-born discus champion, Hunt is the 49ers' projected pick by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. Justin Smith's presence will allow Hunt time to develop.

    "You think about where Margus Hunt can be in two or three years with pro coaching, that's what you're drafting him on, where he can be two or three years from now, not where he is as a rookie," Kiper said.

    Hunt's 4.53-second speed in the 40-yard dash is blazing for his frame. He 82-inch wing span helped him block an NCAA-record 10 field-goal attempts and seven point-after kicks.


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  • DE Datone Jones, UCLA, 6-4, 283: Versatility is something the 49ers adore, and Jones can play inside or outside in Vic Fangio's scheme. Is Jones the next Smith? Probably not, but the 49ers need depth behind the 12-year veteran coming off surgery to repair a triceps tendon tear.

  • DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-3, 266: The ACC's Defensive Player of the Year improved each of his three seasons with the Seminoles, thus fitting Jim Harbaugh's get-better-every-day credo. Heralded for his quick burst and instincts, Werner had 13 sacks last season.

  • FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, 6-0, 214: Widely regarded as the draft's premier safety, he's likely a top-15 pick, so the 49ers will have to trade up for him. That's something Baalke did to acquire right tackle Anthony Davis (2010) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (2011).

    Vaccaro's physical nature would fill a void created by Dashon Goldson's free-agent departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Vaccaro won All Big-12 honors in his junior and senior seasons after replacing Earl Thomas, who now plays for the Seattle Seahawks.

  • SS Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International, 6-0, 217: Rather than select Southeastern Conference prospects Eric Reid (LSU) or Matt Elam (Florida), the 49ers could buy into Cyprien's stock, which escalated at the Senior Bowl.

    Cyprien visited the 49ers last weekend, and he's been mentored by fellow North Miami Beach High product Louis Delmas, the Detroit Lions safety who visited the 49ers in free agency last month. Cyprien's speed might be a concern, but Goldson had a similar time in the 40-yard dash (4.6 seconds range), and Baalke relishes the 49ers' "gut" decision to pick him in the 2007 fourth round.

  • TE Zach Ertz, Stanford, 6-5, 249: When Ertz made a last-minute choice to work out at the 49ers' local pro day Wednesday, he cited his love of competition, which is a trait coveted by Harbaugh, his former Stanford coach. Getting tutored by former 49ers tight end Brent Jones is another plus for Ertz, a Monte Vista High-Danville product.

    The 49ers have Garrett Celek and Cameron Morrah to back up Vernon Davis, but Ertz's receiving ability might be an extra boost to compensate for the free-agency loss of Delanie Walker.

    For more on the 49ers, see Cam Inman's Hot Read blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/CamInman.

    49ers picks
    First round (No. 31 overall); second round (Nos. 34, 61); third round (Nos. 74, 93); fourth round (Nos. 128, 131); fifth round (No. 157); sixth round (Nos. 173, 180); seventh round (Nos. 237, 246, 252)