San Francisco 49ers: Filling 2020 NFL Draft needs with late-round prospects
By Robert Smith
It is NFL Draft season, and with that comes dozens of mock drafts for the 49ers and every team. Niner Noise will focus this article on late-round prospects only to fill the Niners’ needs.
It is that time of year again for the San Francisco 49ers and the remaining 31 teams across the league. Mock drafts are everywhere and in all sorts and varieties.
Most pundits will select the same three or four players for each team, especially in the early rounds. In the case of the Niners, who now own two Round 1 picks after securing their own at No. 31 overall and trading away defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 13 overall, many mock drafts have San Francisco taking the likes of South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, a wide receiver like Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy or his Crimson Tide teammate, Henry Ruggs III, or Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson with the 13th overall pick.
Barring a trade down from one of those two selections at general manager John Lynch’s disposal, the Niners won’t select again until Round 5 of this year’s NFL Draft. And while the 49ers’ needs aren’t as drastic as they were last year or the year before, the ones which do exist are still pressing.
Needless to say, Lynch needs to hit on some of those late-round picks when the Niners’ number is called again on day three of the draft. It’ll be important to land some hidden-gem talent again, and fortunately, Lynch and Co. have shown an ability to do such in previous drafts.
Just for a change of pace, as well as a look into some potential day-three options, we will select only late-round 2020 NFL Draft options to fill the 49ers’ main needs this offseason.