Friday wasn’t nearly as exciting for us as the San Francisco 49ers didn’t have any picks. The team is back on the clock today, but they’ll have to wait until the fifth round to make their first selection after using the fourth-rounder acquired from trading down to draft Javon Kinlaw to trade back up for Brandon Aiyuk. Just because the 49ers don’t have a fourth-round pick doesn’t mean today won’t be exciting. We’ll see trades, UDFA’s, and a few picks from the Niners. Here are three bold predictions for today.
We will see multiple trades today as we did on Thursday. Whether that’s Marquise Goodwin, or packaging the seventh-round picks to move up, San Francisco will find a way to be active today. Will we see a splash trade that involves a certain left tackle? Stay tuned. I’m not holding my breath.
Tampa Bay selected a running back on Friday, which takes one team out of the Matt Breida sweepstakes. Philadelphia was interested in Breida last offseason, and have not added a running back in the draft yet. The Eagles may be a possible landing spot if Breida is on the move. If he’s not, that’s a crowded backfield for the 49ers.
The 49ers ignore cornerback
Last year, the only cornerback that was added was sixth-round pick Tim Harris, who was essentially redshirted in 2019. Many fans were upset the 49ers neglected to add help in the secondary. Fast forward a year later, and we’re looking at a similar issue. San Francisco must be confident in Emmanuel Moseley, and for a good reason with how E-man played last season. After 2020 is the issue, with the top four cornerbacks all set to be unrestricted free agents. This prediction will go up in smoke if the 49ers trade for a cornerback like Rasul Douglas.
The tight end signed today will play more than Ross Dwelley
Toward the end of the third round, there was a run on tight ends. Overall, five tight ends were drafted on Friday. The 49ers still have a shot at a few players that they’ve met with. Washington’s Harrison Bryant is an example, but he would have to fall until the fifth. Again, the 49ers could trade for a tight end, and this prediction wouldn’t be so bold.
Whenever this topic comes up, a handful of fans ask what’s wrong with Dwelley. Think of it as it’s not what Dwelley is doing wrong; it’s what he’s not bringing to the table. Think of Dwelley’s biggest plays in 2019. They occurred from Kyle Shanahan scheming him open. A throwback play against Arizona where Dwelley scored a touchdown or a big play down the seam against the Cardinals comes to mind. Kyle can get you open, but can you create after the catch? That’s not Dwelley’s game, which is why the 49ers are looking to upgrade behind George Kittle.
Today will be fun.