The 49ers were able to keep last year’s team together except for Deforest Buckner and Emmanuel Sanders so I guess it should not have been a surprise that they drafted both a defensive tackle and a wide receiver in the first round.
I would like to congratulate the people that thought we would take a tackle at #13 to replace Buckner. I personally thought we still had enough 3 techs and would be more apt to get some depth at edge. I guess you never can have too many 3 techs. Perhaps we can still grab another one on day three?
A lot of people wanted us to trade down with our first round picks. I am not sure trading down from #13 to #14 is what they had in mind? I personally thought we might be aggressive and move up but honestly, moving from #31 to #25 in order to select Brandon Aiyuk never occurred to me. Imagine that!
While I try not to question Kyle Shanahan’s moves, drafting a developmental wide receiver in the first round to go with all of the question marks we already have at the position has me more than a little concerned. Perhaps Aiyuk will end up being a great player some day but I really don’t see him as an immediate replacement for Sanders and I think we may have paid a tad to much. Ok, time to put the claws away and see what they can do. Welcome to the 49ers Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk!
Now onto the sizzling hot links:
Failure for 49ers in First Round Gilbert Brink
Why did 49ers draft ASU WR Brandon Aiyuk? Kyle Madson
Buccaneers trade up for Tristan Wirfs Mike Florio