The San Francisco 49ers plan on bringing aboard seven rookies in the 2020 NFL Draft, and those selections could spell trouble for these returning players this season.
Unlike previous seasons, the San Francisco 49ers aren’t looking for widespread changes and additions in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft.
The NFC champion Niners don’t have too many needs this offseason. But the ones they do have are pronounced. One can easily see the problems at wide receiver behind Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne, some short- and long-term needs at cornerback are pressing. Both the offensive and defensive lines could use some help, and there’s never a shortage for quality depth on both sides of the ball.
With San Francisco’s free agency moves largely wrapped up, general manager John Lynch and his staff are now tasked with finding potentially two Round 1-caliber players in the draft, then some day-three finds, as the 49ers currently don’t have any picks in Rounds 2 through 4.
And as the way things go, it could easily be the story of “out with the old, in with the new.”
The Niners are in position to move on from players who no longer fit head coach Kyle Shanahan’s needs. Some of the newly added draftees will likely push out older veterans, either down the depth chart or out of a regular-season roster spot altogether. The fact San Francisco boasts a Super Bowl-caliber roster means the competition will be much stiffer this offseason than it ever has been under Lynch and Shanahan.
While there’s a lot that could happen between now and the end of the 2020 NFL Draft, these three returning players could end up having the most to lose when Round 7 is in the books.