For a team that just reached the Super Bowl last season, it’s hard to imagine a major shake-up for the San Francisco 49ers, especially during the 2020 NFL Draft.
However, the Niners will have to attack several positions in this year’s draft due to receiver Emmanuel Sanders going to New Orleans.
San Fran also shipped defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for a first-round draft pick (13th overall selection in this year’s draft).
With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo set to lead the franchise once again and the Niners bringing back most of their key contributors, it’s clear we can’t count them out just yet.
After dealing Buckner to the Colts and adding the 13th overall pick in the ’20 draft, it would make sense for the San Francisco 49ers to snag a defensive tackle.
Last season, the Niners were 17th against the run and it would be a huge benefit to pick up a young man who can help clog the middle.
Javon Kinlaw – South Carolina
The 6-5, 324-pound lineman can put pressure on the quarterback and he’s a threat to enter the backfield and disrupt opponents running game.
I also enjoy the motor Kinlaw possesses and he knows how to use his hands, whether it’s on defense or special teams.
The San Francisco 49ers would benefit greatly by selecting the South Carolina product.
Neville Gallimore – Oklahoma
Gallimore has the size and quickness to become a nice piece in San Fran.
He can make offensive linemen look silly at times and if he joins San Fran he wouldn’t have to be the main guy since the Niners run a 4-3 defense.
Last season, Gallimore had four sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and in ’18 he had 50 total tackles.
After losing Sanders to the Saints, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to add another receiver who can make plays.
Justin Jefferson – LSU
Jefferson has good hands, speed and can be a nice target in the red-zone since he has the ability to elevate and make catches.
Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers would enjoy utilizing the LSU standout and national champion in his offense.
Of course with Kendrick Bourne and Deebo Samuel on the roster, Jefferson would be a nice fit and give Jimmy G an extra weapon.
Tee Higgins – Clemson
There’s certainly no guarantee that Higgins will fall to the No. 31 overall pick, but if he’s there San Fran should think about taking him.
Besides his ability to catch the ball with defenders swarming around him, I like his footwork and speed.
He also is 6-4, 216 pounds and is a nice red-zone option.
The San Francisco 49ers recently released offensive lineman Mike Person, so it would behoove them to select another player in the trenches.
Jimmy Garoppolo needs protection since he isn’t known for his improvisations when the pocket breaks down.
Plus, it would be beneficial for the Niners to get another lineman who can help in the running game.
Charlie Heck – North Carolina
Heck is 6-8, 311 pounds and can play on either side of the line.
He also can excel in both the passing and running game.
Heck’s father, Andy, played 12 seasons in the NFL — all with the Chicago Bears and he is currently the Kansas City Chiefs o-line coach. So, there’s a family dynamic that can provide extra wisdom here.
I also think Charlie Heck would be a great locker room guy for the San Francisco 49ers and he is someone you’d probably want speaking to your team as well.
Shane Lemieux – Oregon
First of all, Lemieux can move up the field consistently and knows how to protect the QB.
He is not someone a defensive lineman can just run over. Defenders have to really work in order to get past a block from Lemieux.
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