5 hidden gems 49ers can land late in 2020 NFL Draft

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The San Francisco 49ers have a history of getting NFL Draft steals in the later rounds under general manager John Lynch. Here are three prospects who can help continue that tradition.

With the 2020 NFL Draft less than a week away, the San Francisco 49ers hype and rumor mill is now in overdrive for exactly what the team has planned in what is essentially a draft of two different halves.

The Niners currently hold two selections in the first round with Nos. 13 and 31, and then will not be picking until a lot later on when they’re next called up at No. 156 overall, kicking off the first of two fifth-round picks, another in the sixth and then two more in Round 7.

It’s common procedure right now to assume San Francisco will trade down from one of the Round 1 picks (usually No. 31) to regain some draft capital, and the Niners are probably going to do that.

But what they do with the later picks is a more complicated issue.

What positions the 49ers choose to address later in the rounds will, of course, be dependent on what happens with Nos. 13 and 31, but for the purposes of this article, we won’t worry about that.

These potential draftees are the potential sleepers who could continue the legacy of general manager John Lynch and his uncanny ability to find talent in the later rounds. Case in point, San Francisco pulled off the draft steal of steals by landing former Iowa tight end George Kittle in Round 5 back in 2017. That worked out well.

So with that out of the way, here are five sleeper picks for the 49ers to consider to keep that legacy going.