It seems highly unlikely the 49ers would go offensive line early in the NFL Draft. But that didn’t appear to be a pressing need back in 2018, yet the Niners elected to go with now-starting right tackle Mike McGlinchey anyway.
In 2020, one could make the argument San Francisco should address the interior of the offensive line, which was solid enough last season, if not necessarily overly impressive.
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If this is the case, it would be hard to overlook Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz, who is someone Niner Noise’s Jeremy Wohlfart pegged as a possible target the 49ers would consider to anchor the interior of the O-line for the foreseeable future. Wisconsin’s long history of producing top-tier linemen makes this an attractive choice, too.
The thing, though, is Biadasz is squarely a Round 2 prospect, probably not any higher than the first 10 selections of the round. For a Niners team currently without a second-round pick, grabbing Biadasz at No. 31 overall would likely be a notable reach.
But that doesn’t account for a possible trade-down scenario, such as the ones prompted on the previous slide.
For example, should the Steelers want to move up into Round 1, it would surely require their own second-round pick, No. 49 overall, which could be comfortably in the range where Biadasz winds up being projected to go.
And if San Francisco is comfortable with the move, fully expecting to take advantage of a deep wide receiver class elsewhere, perhaps another out-of-the-box selection takes place again.
The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 23 from Las Vegas.