One of the hot topics this offseason will be if the San Francisco 49ers trade for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was worth it. The 49ers gave up a third and fourth-round pick in this upcoming NFL Draft. In return, the 49ers got back a veteran receiver that showed the young wideouts on the roster how to play the game, and most importantly, how to play loose and with confidence. Additionally, the team gained some much-needed playoff experience. The 49ers are young. The “core” of this team are all under 26-years-old, save Richard Sherman and Joe Staley. You can count the fifth-round pick in this draft, as well as the comp pick that’s coming in next year’s draft.
It’d be great to have middle round draft picks this year. Many expect John Lynch to trade back from No. 31 and gain more draft capital. Even if that doesn’t happen, it’s not like those picks are “locks” to make an impact, and you can look at Lynch, Bill Belichick, and all of the other “top” general managers in the NFL. Everyone misses. In my opinion, the trade was worth it, and you do it every time knowing this was the result. The best-case scenario is the 49ers come out of this season hungrier than ever and learn how to win. I’ll take that experience over the crapshoot that’s the draft any day.
Onto some links:
NFC West: Quick-take 2020 projection for 49ers, their rivals (Niners Noise)
How much will 49ers miss DeForest Buckner in 2020? (Niners Noise)