Options for 49ers: Find a replacement for Deebo Samuel
Looking away from the No. 10 pick for a moment and looking at the trade-value chart, if the 49ers are hellbent on another first-round selection, the No. 35 and No. 38 picks combined offer 1,070 points, which is roughly about what the No. 15 pick is worth. The 49ers could also package No. 35 and their own pick at No. 61 at 842 points, which is close in value to No. 20 overall.
Keep this in mind down the track, but let’s look at what No. 10 alone gives the Niners the chance to pick first.
At No. 10, San Francisco would be in an interesting spot to find an instant replacement for Deebo Samuel. This is a weak draft overall, but the wide receiver position is one of the few well-represented spots this season, and there are actually multiple possibilities here.
There are a few receivers jostling for top billing here, but Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Alabama’s Jameson Williams seem to be fighting to be the top guy off the board. Williams was the consensus top receiver before tearing his ACL in the championship game against Georgia, but it doesn’t seem like it’s going to hamper him too much stock-wise. Wilson, meanwhile, might be the top receiver on the board when it comes to yards after the catch, which is always popular in San Francisco.
Drake London from USC offers mismatch potential with his height and speed, while Chris Olave from Ohio State may be the best route runner in this draft. Both could be utilized well in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
If the 49ers like the look of all these receivers, they could go the above route of packaging Nos. 35 and 38 to move into the mid-teens and pick whoever falls to them. If they prefer to look elsewhere at No. 10, then maybe the No. 35/No. 61 deal to move somewhere in the 20s can net North Dakota State wideout Christian Watson, reuniting him with his former collegiate quarterback, Trey Lance.
If this happens, we should consider what the 49ers do with No. 10 then