The San Francisco 49ers aren’t totally focused on the 2020 NFL Draft. But with a historically deep wide receiver group, one has to consider who they may be targeting.
It might be a bit too early for 2020 NFL Draft talk, as the San Francisco 49ers are geared up more for their upcoming playoff run and a potential shot to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV this February.
But as soon as that’s over, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be forced to turn their attention to maintaining and improving the team’s roster heading into next season.
And the 2020 draft is merely just over two months after the Super Bowl concludes, meaning it’s already draft season.
As far as San Francisco’s position in the 2020 NFL Draft, it owns a pick towards the tail end of Round 1. But previous trades have taken away all of Lynch’s selections between Rounds 2 and 4, suggesting the real possibility the Niners trade out of their first-round spot.
For which position the 49ers choose to address first, it’s anyone’s guess. But the 2020 class is arguably one of the most deep at wide receiver, and it’s not too hard to suggest Shanahan will want to dive into that talent pool, given some of the question marks he has at the position.
Yet so much of that hinges on a couple of key factors and decisions to be made. One of those aforementioned trades brought in the veteran, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, just before the 2019 NFL trade deadline. Additionally, the Niners have spent consecutive second-round picks on wideouts, Dante Pettis in 2018 and Deebo Samuel in 2019. And while Pettis has pulled quite the disappearing act this season, it might be too premature for San Francisco to give up on him entirely.
That said, it’s feasible Shanahan will want to dip into the 2020 crop of wide receiver prospects. Here are five to watch.