49ers trade-up draft target No. 4: OT Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
Sticking with the offensive line theme here, it’s a good deal San Francisco would have a number of decent targets to go after in Round 2 to address this vital unit.
Focusing more on Mike McGlinchey’s situation, him coming back from a quad injury doesn’t necessarily guarantee he’ll be 100-percent healthy by the time training camp rolls around. And with backup options like Justin Skule, Colton McKivitz and Jaylon Moore not exactly offering up a lot of promise, the 49ers may look for McGlinchey’s immediate reserve now with the possibility of replacing him fully once his current contract expires at the end of 2022.
While Zion Johnson is an option, Kentucky right tackle Darian Kinnard is more of a natural fit on the far end of the line.
At 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, Kinnard is built like a brick wall and has some serious punch. One might view him as a much better pass-protecting option than McGlinchey, too, although there’s some work to be done here in run support.
Like Johnson, Kinnard probably doesn’t fall to the end of Round 2 and will likely wind up being selected in the middle of the round instead.