San Francisco 49ers Draft Strategy

San Francisco 49ers Draft strategy

  • austin jackson
  • Bill Belichick
  • Ezra Cleveland
  • Grant Delpit
  • Isiah Wilson
  • Jerry Jeudy
  • John Lynch
  • Jordan Love
  • Kyle Shanahan
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Xavier McKinney
By AlexB44 April 23, 2020 0 Comment
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Thursday night will be huge for the 49ers

After reaching the Super Bowl, John Lynch the current NFL executive of the year, along with  Kyle Shanahan have a very important Thursday night. This will greatly impact the fortunes of the franchise. Armed with two first round picks, San Francisco could own the first night of the 2020 NFL Draft.

All of the talk leading up to the draft has been about which wide receiver the San Francisco 49ers are going to pick. However, as the 49ers use a lot of 12 and 21 personnel, they usually only have two receivers on the field. Deebo Samuel reliably fills one of those roles. There is also a pretty high probability that one out of the following will develop into a reliable starter: Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, or Marquise Goodwin.

Similar to what the Niners did last year with their secondary, the best idea is to take a flyer on the second wide receiver position. All the while, hoping one of the aforementioned players develop. Doing this would allow the Niners to prioritize other areas of need . The only scenario that could cause Lynch to deviate from this strategy is if wide recevier Jerry Jeudy is still available. The Alabama product is a perfect fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Otherwise, taking a receiver at 13 would be a reach.

The mid-round is where the 49ers can capitalize

Given their lack of mid round picks, it would make sense to trade down from either pick 13 or pick 31. There will likely be more demand for pick 13, as a team like the Patriots may look to go up and get Jordan Love.

The New England Patriots would be ideal trading partners for the 49ers. Bill Belichick is armed with three third-round picks and four sixth-round picks. Two of each are compensatory picks, and can’t be traded. However, it may make them more willing to trade their fourth and fifth round picks. So, if I was the 49ers, and Jerry Jeudy was off the board, I would be calling the Patriots up. John Lynch should be asking for picks 23, 87, 125, 172, 195, and 202, in exchange for pick 13.

This would still leave the Patriots with two third round picks, two sixth round picks, and two seventh round picks.  New England may be willing to part with a few of those five mid-round picks in order to trade up.

Given the depth of this year’s class, John Lynch is best served to seek value and target mid-round selections. The fact is many of the 49ers’ positions of need (inferior offensive line, interior offensive line, wide receiver) are best drafted in the mid-rounds. San Francisco trading down and loading up on mid-round picks makes a ton of sense.

Mid-Round players for the San Francisco 49ers to Target

Nick Harris, center.
Jonah Jackson, guard.
Cameron Dantzler, corner.
Bryce Hall, corner.
KJ Hill, wide receiver.
Quartney Davis, wide receiver.
Van Jefferson, wide receiver.
Davon Hamilton, defensive tackle.
Raekwon Davis, defensive tackle.
Leki Fotu, defensive tackle.

If the 49ers do find a way to accumulate picks in the mid-to-late rounds by trading down from 13, then safety would be the best value pick at 31. There will be more of a drop off between the safety you could get at 31 compared to the later rounds. The defensive tackle depth in this class is far worse. Also, safety is a more important position than both interior offensive line and defensive line.

With Jaquiski Tartt supposedly on the trade block, strong safety is a big need for the 49ers. The two best strong safeties in the class are Alabama’s Xavier McKinney and LSU’s Grant Delpit. McKinney will likely be gone by 31 but Delpit is expected to fall out of the first round. Delpit is a bonafide playmaker (which is why he wore number 7 at LSU), and could add some explosiveness to the 49ers secondary.

The San Francisco 49ers should target offensive tackle Josh Jones with any picks collected from trading down. The  left tackle out of Houston will likely fall to the end of the first. Given the rise of other tackles such as Isiah Wilson, Austin Jackson, and Ezra Cleveland. Jones has excellent mobility and fantastic athleticism. Thus, he would be a great fit in an outside zone heavy offense. The 22-year old from Texas is pretty raw in terms of technique, and would benefit from a couple of years behind Joe Staley. Josh Jones would provide solid cover if Staley misses time.

How John Lynch can round out the 49ers roster this weekend

So, my overall strategy would be to pick Jeudy if he’s available at 13; otherwise trade the pick. Target Josh Jones (or possibly Ezra Cleveland) with the trade down pick. San Fran can then target Delpit and McKinney with the 31st overall pick. John Lynch and company would do well to target well-refined route runners, defensive tackles and interior offensive linemen in the middle rounds.

The first round of the draft is always full of surprises. This exact scenario is very unlikely to take place. Yet, this version of the San Francisco 49ers draft strategy provides an effective baseline for comparison. Tune in to find out what actually takes place on Thursday night.

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