The San Francisco 49ers made a huge trade to begin the new league year by sending defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Who could be acquired with this pick?
Absent of a second-, third- or fourth-round draft pick in 2020, the San Francisco 49ers looked as if it might have a difficult time making rookie improvements to the roster. Then, the new league year began and the Niners decided to deal Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner for the 13th overall pick in April’s draft.
San Francisco now holds two first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, No. 13 overall from the Buckner trade to the Indianapolis Colts, as well as the Niners’ own No. 31 overall pick towards the end of Round 1. It is rare for a team that reached the Super Bowl to be able to select inside the middle half of the first round, so the Niners must take advantage of this outstanding opportunity.
All of a sudden, players who had no realistic means of slipping to the 49ers suddenly could be made available.
The talent in this year’s draft is off the charts at a few key positions at which San Francisco just so happens to need some help. There are plenty of top-tier wide receivers in this year’s class. Cornerback is awfully deep, and there are some top-heavy options along the offensive line, too. General manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan must believe they had to move up in order to grab one of them.
By eliminating the expected top ten players off the board, as well as positions the Niners are not in need of improving, we have narrowed it down to the five players who make sense at pick No. 13 overall.
Read on to see which five players the 49ers could acquire with the thirteenth pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.