It is almost here!
The first-round commences Thursday and with the San Francisco 49ers schedule to pick twice, there has been a lot of discussion about what the team will do with its pair of selections.
One aspect that isn’t getting as much attention is potential trade targets on the San Francisco roster.
NBC’s Matt Maiocco did a 49ers mailbag and was asked if any of running back Matt Breida, receivers Marquise Goodwin & Dante Pettis or defensive lineman Solomon Thomas will be traded at the draft.
Maiocco writes that Breida is the player who has had some trade buzz out of the group, pointing out that the Niners saw him as a player they could have lost for nothing:
Here is what Maiocco had to say:
“The 49ers placed the second-round tender on Breida as a restricted free agent because they were certain another team would sign him to a multi-year contract. If the 49ers placed the lower tender on him, the 49ers would not have matched an offer sheet from another team and they would not have received compensation in return. The second-round tender scared off teams from signing him.”
We could see Breida moved for a late-round pick on Day 3 if a team is willing to part with a late-round pick. Breida ran the ball 123 times for 623 yards and a touchdown in 2019 but was used sparingly throughout the playoffs. He doesn’t seem to be in Kyle Shanahan’s long-term plans, so moving him now is the right move.
Out of the players mentioned in the mailbag, it’s tough to see a team take a flyer on Pettis. The 2018 second-round pick failed to build off of his promising rookie season, finishing 2019 with 11 receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Shanahan’s patience seems to be wearing thin with Pettis, so it will be interesting to see how he looks at training camp.
The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interest in a receiver like Goodwin, so if there is a deal to be made, the Niners should try and get it done immediately. Goodwin played well in 2017, but has dealt with injuries, inconsistencies and some personal stuff that have hampered his play since. Whatever happens, I think every Niners fan wishes Goodwin well.
Thomas is going into his fourth season and hasn’t lived up being the No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft. With DeForest Buckner being moved last month, there is a huge void to fill on the 49ers’ defensive line. Although Thomas isn’t even close to Buckner’s level, we would love to see him take a step and make more of an impact on the field.
Which Niners player do you see being moved at the draft?
Onto some more links:
The 49ers don’t have a pick in the second, third or fourth rounds, so it is like the team will move the No. 31 selection. B/R gives some options on what San Francisco can do during the opening round.
Forbes has the Niners taking Jerry Jeudy at No. 13 and trading with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two picks and tight end O.J. Howard.
There is never any certainty going into the NFL Draft and there are always some outlandish possibilities that come true. The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami goes over some of the 49ers’ less likely options.
As I mentioned above, the 49ers have a huge hole to fill on their defensive line without Buckner. The SF Chronicle’s Eric Branch looks over some possibilities for the Niners to improve their defensive line at the draft.
The New York Jets pick No. 11, two spots ahead of San Francisco and apparently love Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III. NBC Bay Area looks at how the Jets’ affinity for the pass catcher affects the Niners.
Offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill joined KNBR and was asked about the rumors about the 49ers being interested in Tom Brady. Brunskill shared his live for Jimmy Garoppolo and why he feels the quarterback is the team’s leader.