The San Francisco 49ers proved once again that they’re anything but boring. The team came into the first-round with two picks, and everyone thought it was a foregone conclusion the Niners would trade back and acquire more picks.
San Francisco moved up instead to draft Kyle Shanahan’s top receiver in the draft. That was after the team drafted DeForest Buckner’s replacement. The team sat out Friday after using their second-round selection to trade for Dee Ford the year prior and their third-round pick to acquire Emmanuel Sanders at the deadline. Then Saturday comes, and all hell breaks loose. As the fourth round was underway, the 49ers traded their 2021 third-rounder and a 2020 fifth-round pick for one of the best tackles in the NFL, Trent Williams. About an hour later, Joe Staley announced his retirement. Before some folks had their breakfast, the 49ers had already made two major moves, but they weren’t finished trading yet. Running back Matt Breida and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin were traded on Saturday as well.
The 49ers ended up taking Javon Kinlaw, who, in my opinion, was the clear-cut best defensive tackle in the draft. They also added Brandon Aiyuk, who is an ideal fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. The team added more depth to the offensive line by drafting Colton McKivitz. If we’re lucky, we’ll never have to see George Kittle blocking in the backfield again now that sixth-round tight end Charlie Woerner was drafted. Finally, wide receiver Juan Jennings figures to be a “big slot” that Shanahan can scheme open.
Let’s take out Staley retiring, as that was already in the books. If you could change any other part of the draft, what would it be? Draft Tristan Wirfs instead of Kinlaw? Stay put at No. 31 and take another wideout? Or trade back from 31 to get a selection in the third round? You’re the general manager. A week later, is there anything you wish the 49ers had done differently? Maybe instead of Woerner, they draft an athletic tight end? Your call.