The 49ers’ top priority in the 2022 NFL Draft is to ensure Trey Lance has success, and here are ways they can go about doing so.
The San Francisco 49ers aren’t going to focus solely on offensive players in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Niners will focus at least a good portion of their nine picks in April’s draft on the defensive side of the ball, and reinforcing that group will help Lance out in other ways, given the complementary hand-in-glove nature of the game.
However, general manager John Lynch and Co. would still be wise to ensure their top pick from last year’s NFL Draft is guaranteed as much success as possible.
San Francisco should feel this way after all. A season removed from aggressively trading up to the No. 3 overall spot, sending away two future first-round picks (including this year’s Round 1 selection) and a third-rounder, the 49ers signaled they’re going all in.
Lance will have his bumps and bruises along the way in what will be his first full year entrenched as a starter. To lessen that, though, the Niners can do their best to grab players in the draft who’ll make his transition from No. 2 on the depth chart to QB1.
So, while San Francisco will have a number of different draft strategies when its number is called, taking some steps to assist Lance should be right up there with Lynch’s priority list.
Here are three ways Lynch and the 49ers can have the best draft possible for Lance.