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49ers trade up in the second round, select WR Dante Pettis

The 49ers added a WR to develop for the future, and an all-world returner.

Fooch’s update: The details are in. The 49ers gave up their second round pick (No. 59) and a third round pick (No. 74) for Washington’s second round pick (No. 44) and fifth round pick (No. 142).

The San Francisco 49ers are making moves in the 2018 NFL Draft! The team has traded up in the second round, moving from pick No. 59 to pick No. 44. They did the deal with Washington and have picked wide receiver Dante Pettis.

Pettis immediately comes in as a big possible returner. He set an FBS record with nine pnt return touchdowns. But he also brings serious skills to the wide receiver corps.The 49ers have an underrated group of wide receivers with Pierre Garcon returning from injury and Kendrick Bourne having a great rookie campaign. Regardless of the positives, Garcon only has a couple of years left, so the 49ers probably felt it was time to get an understudy in to be a future contributor.

The 49ers wide receiver group consists of Pierre Garcon, Aldrick Robinson, Marquise Goodwin, Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and others. With the exception of Pierre Garcon, who was out due to injury, their numbers saw significant increases when Jimmy Garoppolo took the reigns of the quarterback position.

The group now has gotten even more fearsom.


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49ers draft picks

First round: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Second round: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Third round: Chicago Bears (2017 draft trade) - No. 6 (70 overall)
Third Round: New England Patriots (2018 draft trade) No. 31 (95 overall)
Fourth round: Pittsburgh Steelers (Vance McDonald trade) - No. 28 (128 overall)
Fifth round: Washington (2018 draft trade) - No. 5 (142 overall)
Sixth round: Own - No. 10 (184 overall)
Seventh round: Miami Dolphins (Daniel Kilgore trade) No. 5 (223 overall)
Seventh round: Kansas City Chiefs (Kenneth Acker trade) No. 22 (240 overall)