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NFL Draft trade: 49ers move back one spot to select South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan pick up a fourth-round pick.

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The San Francisco 49ers moved down one slot in the 2020 NFL draft by trading their 13th and 245th picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for picks No. 14 and No. 117, getting John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan a fourth-rounder. They used that No. 14 pick to select South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw.

At No. 13, the Bucs selected OT Tristan Wirfs from Iowa to come in and help protect quarterback Tom Brady. That means the 49ers gave up next to nothing while adding a fourth-round pick and still drafting the player they wanted to. That’s good business.

With multiple wide receivers on the board, the 49ers surprised some by picking Kinlaw, but John Lynch was consistent with building around the defensive line. Kinlaw is a high-upside player who has a chance to be special. He’ll be even better with the talent around him. I understand most may be upset about the pick, but “trust the process.” The 49ers might not be done moving around. It’s all about combinations. Let’s see who they pair with Kinlaw.

Kinlaw’s rookie contract will be a fraction of what DeForest Buckner’s was. The team traded an $84 million contract for a $20 million one. That is factored in to this decision. Honestly, he was the best player available.

Draft profile:


Remaining picks:

  • Round 1, Pick 31
  • Round 4, Pick 117 (via Tampa Bay)
  • Round 5, Pick 156 (via Denver)
  • Round 5, Pick 176
  • Round 6, Pick 210
  • Round 7, Pick 217 (via Detroit)