San Francisco 49ers: 7-round trade-heavy mock for 2020 NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
No trades here, outside the fact this was the pick the 49ers received in return from the Broncos during the Emmanuel Sanders trade.
Regardless, the Niners need to do some reinforcing along their offensive line, especially with concerns veteran left tackle Joe Staley could decide to retire between now and the start of the regular season.
Even if Staley remains for at least another year, it would be worth exploring some additional long-term options. San Francisco has one option in backup lineman Daniel Brunskill, who performed excellent swing-tackle duties last season. But Brunskill also appears to be the favorite to win the starting right guard position, leaving Justin Skule and Shon Coleman as the other contingency options for a would-be Staley retirement.
North Carolina tackle Charlie Heck is a behemoth, coming in at 6-foot-8 and 311 pounds. He’s a solid run blocker and flexible in a variety of schemes. His pass protection needs a bit of work, of course, as his tall frame can cause him to lose leverage. In space, though, he can hold his own blocking and is pretty fluid in his movements for a day-three pick.
At worst, the Niners get a solid backup option with modest long-term starting potential.