If the 49ers proved one thing by drafting defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw in Round 1 of the draft, it’s they value winning in the trenches.
So, they should consider grabbing one of the draft’s top offensive guards in John Simpson of Clemson.
The 49ers recently released former starting guard Mike Person. They also signed guard Tom Compton, formerly of the New York Jets. Additionally, the team has Ben Garland and Daniel Brunskill, who both filled in admirably when called upon last season.
However, none of these guys have the true starting potential Simpson has, and so the 49ers may look to lock up the offensive guard position for the foreseeable future.
Simpson was a two-year starter at offensive guard at Clemson. He has all the size anyone could want at the position, along with quickness and agility. Playing at Clemson, he played in two national championship games, so he knows how to play under bright lights.
Simpson has the potential to be a long time contributor to the 49ers offensive line.
The 49ers had a solid effort on day one of the 2020 NFL Draft, and even though they don’t currently have any day-two picks, expect them to get into the mix. With the right trades, offensive tackle Ezra Cleveland, safety Xavier McKinney and offensive guard John Simpson are all players San Francisco should target on day two of the draft.