The 49ers headed into Day 3 of the 2020 NFL draft with a mere 3 picks, none of which were in the 4th round. What could they possibly get done with #156 (5th), #210 (6th), and #217 (7th)? Combined, these picks add up to a value of 37.4. Maybe they could package them together and move up to the back of the 4th round, somewhere between #137 (Jacksonville, 37.5 value) and #146 (Philadelphia, 33 value)? Then, during the early portion of the 4th round, Adam Schefter announced the 49ers were making a trade.
What about Joe Staley?
There has been much speculation about LT Joe Staley’s future this offseason. He’s been starting at OT for the 49ers for the last 13 seasons and was still playing at a high level in 2019. Joe announced his retirement today with an emotional letter to 49er fans. His reasoning: “My body was breaking down with a variety of injuries and a deteriorating neck condition, and the constant discomfort affected every aspect of my life.” Staley has been the primary source of stability for 49ers fans through good times and bad during his career and will be sorely missed by The Faithful. Godspeed, Joe.
The 49ers and 7-time Pro-Bowler, Trent Williams, are currently working together on a restructured contract. San Francisco gave up their lone 5th-round pick in 2020 (#156) and a 3rd-rounder in 2020 in the trade for Williams so it looked like they were done until round 6.
Matt Breida delt
Then the Miami Dolphins traded away #153 to the 49ers in exchange for RB Matt Breida. The trade wasn’t wholly unexpected, as Breida has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the offseason. Breida leaves a crowded RB room in San Francisco and will get a shot to be the speed option behind a heavily upgraded offensive line in Miami. He will most likely play a complementary role to RB Jordan Howard in 2020.
With their newly acquired draft capital, San Francisco selected OT Colton McKivitz from West Virginia. Colton brings depth to the OT position thanks to his experience at both LT and RT. The 4-year starter fits well in San Francisco’s zone scheme. He’s a smart and mobile player who has the physical gifts to take a step forward in the NFL. McKivitz will likely be competing for the swing tackle position. Meanwhile, Daniel Brunskill projects to move to RG after Mike Person was released this offseason. These moves have really shored up the OL for the upcoming season.
Marquise Goodwin traded
WR Marquise Goodwin’s name also came up in trade talk rumors throughout the offseason. 49ers GM John Lynch later confirmed those rumors during his round-1 press conference. San Francisco found a willing trade partner in Philadelphia, trading pick # 190 for the 29-year-old speedster and San Francisco’s #210 pick.
After moving up 20 picks in round 6, the 49ers selected TE Charlie Woerner from Georgia. Woerner will likely compete for the TE2 slot with Ross Dwelly. One of his strongest attributes is his run blocking and he also has special teams experience. San Francisco was reportedly looking into signing a second TE that would be able to make a significant impact on the offense. Although Woerner doesn’t really profile as an impact player, he will get every chance to prove himself going into 2020.
San Francisco’s final pick of the 2020 NFL draft was #217. They selected Jauan Jennings, WR from Tennessee. Jennings is 6’3″, 215 lbs, and brings some size that has been lacking on the 49ers. Like Brandon Aiyuk, this guy embodies what Kyle Shanahan wants from his WRs: YAC ability, “dog mentality, “physicality, and blocking ability. His size gives him an edge on contested catches and he could fit either a Big Slot or X role.
Trent Williams is likely going to make the biggest impact on the 49ers fantasy outlook in 2020. Some have been saying that Williams is a slight upgrade over Staley from a skill perspective.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo should be getting enough time to make some plays happen. Good luck figuring out which RB is going to be the guy on a given week but Trent will be opening great running lanes for all of them. I can’t see drafting Charlie Woerner in any format unless he sets the preseason on fire and then, only if you are in the deepest of deep leagues. Jauan Jennings will likely be a situational tool for the 49ers offense and I wouldn’t recommend drafting him at this time.
I want to thank Marquise, Matt, and Joe for everything they’ve done during their time in red and gold. I’ll sign off from the 2020 NFL draft with a Joe Highlight.