With the 2020 NFL Draft approaching, San Francisco 49ers mock drafts are all the rage. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what the draft could look like for the Niners if all the picks had to be players on the offensive side of the football.
There’s little doubt the main cog of the San Francisco 49ers‘ Super Bowl run last season was their defense, which was one of the top units in the NFL in 2019. But seeing as defensive performance is more volatile and less predictable from year to year, and given the turnover the team will see on that side of the ball heading into 2020, it feels like the offense may need to step up its game next season.
Having lost wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the New Orleans Saints in free agency and trading out starting right guard Mike Person for either Daniel Brunskill or Tom Compton, the 49ers already know the offense won’t look the same in 2020 either. And given the team’s current cap situation, there’s a lot of reason to think the draft was going to be pretty offense-heavy anyway.
But just for fun, let’s pretend general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan completely ignore the defensive side of the ball and focus solely on offensive players during the 2020 NFL Draft.
Obviously, there are plenty of unknowns when it comes to predicting draft slots for players outside of the top picks in the draft, so I’ve used player evaluations from The Draft Network, NFL.com and CBS Sports in order to help figure out where players in those rounds might fall.
One final thing is that I have allowed myself a single trade in this scenario, although I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Lynch “wheeling and dealing” several times throughout draft weekend, as he has shown a propensity for doing so during his tenure so far.
With all that in mind, let’s take on this offense-only, seven-round mock draft for San Francisco, starting, of course, with their shiny new first-round draft pick, No. 13 overall, acquired from the Indianapolis Colts in the DeForest Buckner trade.