Well, for team that was depleted by last year’s moved to shore up the defense, the 49ers did a shitload of wheeling and dealing to spice up this Stay-At-Home 2020 draft. The trade of DeForest Buckner was a pretty big risk, but the reward was the 13 pick in the draft. One in which we chose Javon Kinlaw, a stud of a defensive tackle who should be able to step right into our vaunted defensive line. So he replaces DeFoBu and is younger and cheaper.
Pick 2 in the 1st round, who we traded up for to get at 25, is Brandon Aiyuk, wide receiver from Arizona State. He was, according to word behind the scenes (at least from what I’ve read), not going to last till 31. Miami apparently wanted him, and this brought about the move to 25. When Miami didn’t get Aiyuk, they traded out of the 26th spot with Green Bay, so that answers my questions about why they moved up. What the 49ers got was a true X receiver who is a beast after the catch and looks to step right in as a starter. He can line up at any WR spot and is a solid pass catcher who would seem to fit perfectly with Kyle Shanahan’s offense. He steps right into Emmanuel Sanders’ role, and is, yes, much younger and cheaper.
In the days leading up to the draft it became apparent that Joe Staley was going to retire, so the 49ers packaged up a current 5th round and next year’s 3rd round pick for a guy that is Staley’s peer in tackle Trent Williams. He of course ran afoul of daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins medical staff as they misdiagnosed a tumor on Williams; head. Prompting his holdout for the 2019 season. So we get a younger version of the same guy. He however won’t be cheap as his contract runs out this year. That is a worry for another day.
|5||153*||OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia|
|6||190*||TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia|
|7||217*||WR Jauan Jennings, Tennessee|
McKivitz is an undersized lineman that Shanahan likes to work with, Woerner is a plus blocker who only had 34 catches in college. Sounds a little familiar as that was George Kittle’s resume, but I don’t see that much in him other than special teams, and Jauan Jennings, a big but slow WR who is a solid possession type guy, but he has some guys to get through to make the squad.
So, the 49ers trade Matt Breida, DeFo, and Goodwin, get some draft capital and turn it into 3 starters. Not a bad draft weekend’s work. I’m curious tht they didn’t really address cornerback, but I assume more moves will be made to address that down the line.