Say what you will about it, but the 2020 NFL draft-from-the-basement was actually pretty fucking cool. It was great to see the players looking and acting like the very young adults they are instead of hanging with their possees, sporting $5,000 suits, and acting like hot shots. Of course that excludes Unjolly Roger. Goodell has all the personality of a tree stump, and the stupid booing from random fanbases was a nice touch to get fans involved (fucking NFLN didn’t call ME!) but a stupid premise that didn’t add much. Telling people how to act is never a good look, and the fans didn’t really give a rat’s ass either way. Most were just happy to be involved in an actual sporting event that wasn’t a rerun of sports past.
My immediate reaction to Javon Kinlaw was a bit confusing as they gave up a guy to get a pick that they used to get the same guy. Point being, though, they have a younger cheaper version who they control for the next 4 years at a relative bargain. A very savvy move. One that the LA Rams didn’t make as they threw giant contracts at a few star players while the rest of the team crumbled and tumbled from NFC Champs to also-rans in the very competitive NFC West.
Brandon Aiyuk was a big surprise to me as well. He wasn’t even on my WR radar as I thought they would go with a guy like Mimms or Higgins should they be looking for a late-round wide out. Good news is he’s a true X WR that can go deep, but also is a great route runner who beat out Ruggs for yards after catch. No small feat there. He is a perfect fit for Shanahan’s offense, and looks to be a solid addition next to Deebo.
My only issue, as I’ve said, is that I think we needlessly traded up to get him. No one took a WR between us at 25 and Minnesota at 31. And I seriously doubt that Aiyuk was that high on anyone else’s draft board as Mims, Higgins, and Claypool were available, but no one bit on them.
Still and all, a successful day for Lynch and the 49ers.
Round 1 NFL Draft:
1st pick – Cincinnati Bengals select Joe Burrow, QB, from LSU.
2nd pick – Washington Redskins select Chase Young, EDGE, from Ohio State.
3rd pick – Detroit Lions select Jeff Okudah, CB from Ohio State.
4th pick – NY Giants select Andrew Thomas, OT, from Georgia.
5th pick – Miami Dolphins select Tua Tagovailoa, QB, from Alabama.
6th pick – LA Chargers select Justin Herbert, QB, from Oregon.
7th pick – Carolina Panthers select Derrick Brown, DT, from Auburn.
8th pick – Arizona Cardinals select Isaiah Simmons, LB, from Clemson.
9th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select C.J Henderson, CB, from Florida.
10th pick – Cleveland Browns select Jedrick Wills, OT, from Alabama.
11th pick – NY Jets select Mekhi Becton, OT, from Louisville.
12th pick – Las Vegas Raiders select Henry Ruggs, WR, from Alabama.
13th pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade up one spot (San Francisco 49ers) and select Tristan Wirfs, OL, from Iowa.
14th pick – San Francisco 49ers select Javon Kinlaw, DL, from South Carolina.
15th pick – Denver Bronos select Jerry Jeudy, WR, from Alabama.
16th pick – Atlanta Falcons select A.J Terrell, CB, from Clemson.
17th pick – Dallas Cowboys select CeeDee Lamb, WR, from Oklahoma.
18th pick – Miami Dolphins select Austin Jackson, OL, from USC.
19th pick – Las Vegas Raiders select Damon Arnette, OL, from Ohio State.
20th pick – Jacksonville Jaguars select K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, from LSU.
21st pick – Philadelphia Eagles select Jalen Reagor, WR, from TCU.
22nd pick – Minnesota Vikings select Justin Jefferson, WR, from LSU.
23rd pick – Los Angeles Chargers (traded pick with Patriots) select Kenneth Murray, LB, from Oklahoma.
24th pick – New Orleans Saints select Cesar Ruiz, C, from Michigan.
25th pick – San Francisco 49ers (traded pick with Vikings) select Brandon Aiyuk, WR, from Arizona State.
26th pick – Packers select Jordan Love, QB, from Utah State.
27th pick – Seattle Seahawks select Jordyn Brooks, LB, from Texas Tech.
28th pick – Baltimore Ravens select Patrick Queen, LB, from LSU.
29th pick – Tennessee Titans select Isaiah WIlson, OL, from Georgia.
30th pick – Miami Dolphins select Noah Igbinoghene, CB, from Auburn.
31st pick – Minnesota Vikings select Jeff Gladney, CB, from TCU.
32nd pick – Kansas City Chiefs select Clyde Edwards Helaire, RB, from LSU.