49ers unwisely passed on these 3 players in 2024 NFL Draft

With the 20204 NFL Draft in full swing, here’s what could have been in the first two rounds for the San Francisco 49ers.
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Well, football fans, The 2024 NFL Draft is finally here. And, for the first time in three years, the San Francisco 49ers are finally holding a first-round pick. 

Despite having 11 offensive starters under contract, and an elite defense that played a full 60 minutes on football's largest stage last February, there are still holes that need attention.

The only way to continue your reign as the NFC’s biggest juggernaut is to draft prospects who can take over when today's superstars are out of gas.

Let me start by saying that new Niners wide receiver Ricky Pearsall is an absolute athlete. He will contribute in many ways that will elevate quarterback Brock Purdy’s game. His one-handed grabs are circus-like and his speed will surely be an asset. 

However, with a right tackle position that needs an upgrade, and no clear heir to the throne on the blindside, selecting a wide receiver in the first round may have been a bit overzealous.

Not to mention, there are still many questions to be answered in the current wide receiver camp.

All-Pro wideout Brandon Aiyuk is still without a contract beyond 2024. And, immediately following the selection of Pearsall, Deebo Samuel’s future as a 49er also appeared to be a bit murky.

Is Pearsall pegged to be Aiyuk’s replacement? Is a trade still imminent in regards to Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel?

With those new questions now being added to an already long list of uncertainties, here are three players whom the 49ers passed on that would’ve addressed immediate areas of need.