The 49ers’ trade for the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft puts them in an intriguing spot in the draft order. While they’ll have a chance to snag a strong prospect there regardless of how the draft shakes out in front of them, they’re in prime territory to stop a top prospect from sliding past them.
The 49ers had 24 players set to hit the free agent market when the offseason began, and while they’ve retained some of their key players, they’ve lost a few, including DeForest Buckner in a trade with the Colts.
The 49ers’ offseason hasn’t generated a ton of news since the signing of Arik Armstead and the DeForest Buckner trade, but Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee and Kyle Madson took stock of the team’s free agent moves in the latest Candlestick Chronicles podcast.
The 49ers held another pre-draft meeting via FaceTime – the new norm in the COVID-19 world. Michigan State defensive lineman Kenny Willekes told Justin Melo of the Draft Wire that he had a video chat with the 49ers, along with a handful of other teams.
Many general managers are scrambling to create temporary draft rooms. Meanwhile, San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch welcomed 49ers’ fans into his home on Friday with a short video that captured his temporary draft room.
The 49ers set out to retain as much of their 2019 roster as possible heading into the 2020 season. That led to a relatively slow free agency period where a majority of their moves have been re-signing key depth players and a couple of defensive starters.
Essentially every door for the 49ers is wide open in this year’s NFL draft. Pinpointing one positional need is difficult, and they have a pair of first round picks that they could trade either one or both or neither of.
There’s a new normal in the NFL pre-draft process. Prospect visits that used to be conducted in person at the team facility and/or at a restaurant nearby, are now being done via FaceTime due to the league’s new rules amid the COVID-19 outbreak.