Answers are beginning to surface about how the San Francisco 49ers plan to handle next month's draft without their general manager Scot McCloughan.
San Francisco's director of player personnel Trent Baalke will lead the 49ers into a critical draft in which the team is scheduled to have the 13th and 17th overall picks, according to a league source.
Baalke has a strong reputation around the league and many expect that San Francisco will be able to march on successfully. He is recognized as a strong and capable talent evaluator.
The 49ers and McCloughan must also figure out a resolution as to their current situation before any other issues can be addressed.
Sources said McCloughan has been dealing with personal issues and the 49ers want him to be able to concentrate on those indefinitely. The organization is said to have been bracing for it for days and believes it is well prepared for the draft.
The issue will draw considerable attention this week, as 49ers officials arrive in Orlando, Fla., for this week's NFL owners meetings.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider.