This year’s NFL Draft promises to be like no other. We are operating in a very different world of self-isolation and social distancing, with all major league sports paused around the world – …we don’t really know if or when the NFL will kickoff this season, if fans will be in stadiums, and for that matter, how players will have been able to maintain their training this offseason. That applies to prospects and incumbents.
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Coming off a Super Bowl loss, the 49ers obviously have a strong roster. A roster that has benefitted from the astute leadership of Lynch and Shanahan. There are however, some key needs that the team will look to fill in on Apr 23-25th. The 49ers have some strength in the first round, with two 1st round picks (13 and 31), and then nothing until the 5th round (156 and 176), the team then has 1 pick in the 6th (210) and two in the 7th (217 and 245). As you can imagine there is plenty of talk as to whether the team should try and trade down in the first round to pick up a few extra selections - however, with a fairly strong roster, I am happen to think the team would be better served trying to hit home runs in the first round and add depth later in the draft.
Notably, the team will look for a big play making receiver. With the departure of Emmanuel Sanders to the Saints this offseason, the 49ers need to decide how they will fill the role opposite of Deebo Samuel. The team does have Jalen Hurd who they drafted last year but spent the season injured, and Trent Taylor who could help address the problem… The team also has hopes for Dante Pettis and Kendrick Bourne could be contributors, and there is a great uncertainty with Marquise Goodwin. If the team can hit home on a true starting receiver in the first round, that could bring much clarity to the position.
Other than receiver, there remains needs to shore up the depth at cornerback and offensive lineman, where starting to think through a contingency for Richard Sherman and Joe Staley are becoming more vital. The departure of DeForest Buckner this offseason, could also put some pressure to solve for some future depth on a defensive line that was incredibly dominant last season.