5 players 49ers should avoid in 2020 NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers have already looked at multiple tight ends this offseason to support the All-Pro, George Kittle, which suggests they’ll be looking again at the position in the NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, the 2020 class is relatively weak at the position, and there aren’t a lot of surefire options available, especially early on. This could ultimately prop up Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet into Round 2 range for a number of tight end-needy teams in this year’s draft, too.
San Francisco doesn’t have picks in Rounds 2, 3 or 4, so that would initially rule out the idea Kmet is a target.
Unless John Lynch trades back from the No. 31 overall pick, though.
Kmet tested well at the NFL Combine, running an impressive 4.7 40-yard time during workouts. And his numbers last year with the Fighting Irish could have been better had it not been for poorer quarterbacking.
Still, the 515 yards and six touchdowns have pushed him into second-round status, which is a bit of a reach for a player missing a lot of the practical on-field experience.
San Francisco should instead seek to find a value pick at the position, just like it did with Kittle in Round 5 back in 2017.