While the San Francisco 49ers hold two picks in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft, there are many trade-down scenarios possible. That’s the focus for this Niner Noise seven-round mock.
There are pros and cons for the San Francisco 49ers holding onto their two first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Among the positives, it’s understandable the higher the pick, the better the chance of landing an impact player and avoiding the always-worrisome possibility of a bust. Simply put, the hit rates tend to be higher in Round 1, gradually trending lower towards Round 2 and so on.
There’s also the positive of getting that fifth-year option on a first-round prospect, which isn’t the case for players selected in Round 2 or afterward.
But there are negatives associated with the Niners keeping their two first-round picks, Nos. 13 and 31 overall. The dollar amount assigned to prospects diminishes with each pick, per the current collective bargaining agreement, and San Francisco does have some notable salary cap concerns for the first time in years.
On top of that, general manager John Lynch isn’t currently slated to pick again after the first round until Round 5, following the team’s trades for EDGE Dee Ford and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders last year.
While the 49ers don’t have a ton of needs this offseason, those that exist are pressing. And it could be beneficial for the Niners to accrue some much-needed day-two draft capital.
In Niner Noise’s latest mock NFL Draft, we’ll take a look at how Lynch and Co. go about maximizing their current crop of picks by making some trades, then using those assets to turn a productive and as-complete-as-possible rookie class for 2020.
To ensure some randomness with the selections, we’ll use The Draft Network’s mock draft tool.