SANTA CLARA - Trent Baalke held his annual pre-draft meeting with the media Wednesday, and as usual his most revealing comments were on every 49ers topic but the draft.
"You're not going to get a straight answer from me," the team's notoriously tight-lipped and media-shy general manager said when the conversation turned to draft-day plans.
Baalke, however, did say that a couple of defensive starters who had surgery in February, lineman Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith, are on their way to full recoveries.
Justin Smith, who had a procedure to repair a torn triceps, is even back in the weight room. Aldon Smith, who had surgery to repair a torn labrum in late February, is not as far along, Baalke said, but both should be ready for the start of the season.
He also said the 49ers remain interested in veteran safety Charles Woodson, a free agent who visited Santa Clara on March 13.
"We had a great visit with Charles when he was here," Baalke said. "We feel he can still play the game. That's something we'll continue to look at."
If the 49ers add another safety, it more likely will be through the draft, not through free agency.
The 49ers lost long-time starter Dashon Goldson in free agency last month. And while they signed veteran Craig Dahl, he is viewed as a placeholder while a rookie is groomed to play alongside starter Donte Whitner.
The 49ers have taken close looks at several prospects, including Florida International's Jonathan Cyprien, Nevada's Duke Williams and Florida's Josh Evans.
Cyprien visited the 49ers earlier this month and is expected to be drafted late in the first round or early in the second. The 49ers, who have the 31st and 34th overall picks, might have two shots to take Cyprien or another highly rated safety.
Baalke, however, insisted the 49ers aren't compelled to take a player at a specific position, including safety.
"Do we feel it's a necessity to do that? I would say, no," Baalke said. "We feel very comfortable with the players that we have. Is it an area that we'd like to add some depth to and potentially add some more competition to? It certainly is."
One thing that is clear is the 49ers are particularly well positioned in the draft.
They have 13 picks, including two in the second, third and fourth rounds. This year's draft is thought to be lacking in sure-fire stars at the top of the draft but crowded with good players in the middle rounds.
The 49ers' needs also seem to coincide with the draft's strengths. In addition to safety, they could use another tight end after losing Delanie Walker in free agency. Wide receiver also remains a need since several players - Anquan Boldin, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams - are signed only through the 2013 season. All three positions are considered deep this year.
The 49ers also could use picks to maneuver up or down in the draft, something Baalke hasn't hesitated to do in the past. With the first round a week away, he was planning for everything, revealing nothing.
"Could we pick 13 (players)? Absolutely," he said. "Could we move up and trade some away? Certainly we could. Could we slide back and pick up more? We could."