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ESPN holds a four-round franchise draft: Five 49ers were drafted

No Deebo Samuel or Fred Warner

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ESPN went full ESPN as they held a four-round franchise draft. They used the 2020 draft order, and here is who Nick Wagoner picked for the San Francisco 49ers:

Round 1 (31): George Kittle, TE

Round 2 (34): Myles Garrett, DE

Round 3 (95): Jameis Winston, QB

Round 4 (98): Grady Jarrett, DT

With the 31st pick, I planned to wait on QB, and I wanted either the best player at a lesser position where there’s a sizable drop-off or someone who is elite at a premium position. I believe I checked each box with Kittle and Garrett, respectively.

I would have waited to take Winston with my final pick, but Kansas City still needed a quarterback, and he was the clear best option at that point. Finally, I would have preferred a top corner with my last selection, but Jarrett is one of the most underrated players in the league, and I liked him better than any of the corner options available. So I figured I’d give Garrett a running mate to get after quarterbacks. — Wagoner

Even in a hypothetical world, I can’t help but laugh at Kyle Shanahan, blowing a gasket every time Jameis threw it to the defense. Winston may not make it out of training camp against the Niners defense.

Nick Bosa went tenth overall to the Browns. The only defensive lineman to go higher were his brother and Aaron Donald. Jimmy Garoppolo went 19th to the Bears. Quarterbacks flew off the board in this draft. Jimmy G was the 15th QB selected. Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock were selected ahead of him, which, alright then. Kyler Murray and Joe Burrow were as well, but they were No. 1 overall picks, so I understand that argument. Trent Williams went No. 66 to Washington, which is funny. Arik Armstead went No. 89 to the Vikings.

Deebo Samuel and Fred Warner weren’t among the 128 players selected. I’d take Deebo over DJ Moore (126th), Jarvis Landry (119th), and JuJu Smith-Schuster (73rd) without blinking an eye. To me, that’s not a controversial statement. There were a few rookie wideouts as well.

Bobby Wagner, Isaiah Simmons, and Darius Leonard were all drafted as inside linebackers. Again, this is not controversial to say that Warner was better than each in 2019. Simmons, a high draft pick, hasn’t played a down, and nobody knows how he’ll hold up. Warner was one of the 128-best players in the NFL last year. It’s a silly list that creates offseason discussion. What are your thoughts?