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San Francisco 49ers Feel Confident After The 2020 NFL Draft

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Javon Kinlaw against the Georgia Bulldogs

New York, NY—The San Francisco 49ers made it to the Superbowl because they improved in two major areas-the running game and push rush.

Frisco were second in the NFL with 144.1 yard average last season in spite of losing projected starting running back Jerick McKinnon out with a torn ACL. So it was running back by committee with Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida, and Raheem Mostert sharing the load.

San Francisco’s defense made similar strides going from 13th in total yards per game (346.6) in 2018 to No.2 (281.8) last season. No.2 draft pick Nick Bosa was one of the reasons the defense shut down their opponents.

GM John Lynch and company felt real comfortable coming into 2020 NFL draft with the majority of the team intact apart from trading defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for a first-round pick and losing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, the 49ers was in pretty good shape.

With five selections draft picks, this Frisco draft class was very difficult to evaluate. But for a team that came up a little short in the Super Bowl had few areas of concern. Coach Kyle Shanahan came close in filling those needs on Day 1 of the draft.

The 49ers drafted the disrupting defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) with the (14) pick of round 1, and he will be  Buckner’s replacement. San Francisco traded their way into the 25th pick to get wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State), a freakish athlete who runs excellent routes and can get up the field in a blink of an eye.

Frisco had a little time to think in the fifth round when they selected offensive tackle Colton McKivitz (153) from WVU, tight end Charlie Woerner (190) from Georgia and wide receiver Jauan Jennings (217) from Tennessee.

If I had to give the 49ers a grade it would probably be in the B range for the 2020 NFL draft. Frisco were able to use draft picks to get left tackle Trent Williams in a trade with the Redskins, and it cost them only a fifth-rounder in this year’s draft and next year’s third-round pick. But they didn’t address their issues at the outside linebacker position. Dre Greenlaw did a decent job last season but a safety net is really need there.

Round, Pick Player School
Round 1: Pick 14 DT Javon Kinlaw South Carolina
Round 2: Pick 25 WR Brandon Aiyuk Arizona State
Round 5: Pick 153 OL Colton McKivitz West Virginia
Round 6: Pick 190 TE Charlie Woerner Georgia
Round 7: Pick 217 WR Jauan Jennings Tennessee