49ers are Comfortable With Their Offensive Line Going Into 2024

It was believed that the 49ers would focus on an offensive tackle or offensive line in general going into the NFL draft, but that wasn't the case. The draft shows just how comfortable the 49ers are with the position going into 2024.
Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes
Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) passes / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The majority of mock drafts had the San Francisco 49ers taking an offensive lineman in the first- or second-round.

Offensive line was a frequent topic of discussion revolving around the 49ers as a position of need, specifically at right tackle. The 49ers had a chance to take one on both Day 1 and Day 2 of the NFL draft, but never pulled the trigger on one.

When it was all said and done, the 49ers did end up taking two offensive lineman, but neither of them were pure offensive tackles. Both of them appear destined to play at the interior and are future pieces to develop.

This shows that the 49ers are not concerned at all with offensive tackle or offensive line in general. Part of that is how the draft played out and the other part is that the 49ers are comfortable with their offensive line going into 2024.

"We looked at numerous guys throughout the process," said John Lynch on not drafting an offensive tackle. "I think when you're drafting 31st, it's oftentimes hard to find a tackle that you really love. And we like our tackles as they stand right now. We like our depth with [OL] Jaylon Moore being a really talented guy who can play the swing role.

"Drafted [OL Jarrett] Kingston, who has some flex at tackle. We'll continue to always try to improve ourselves and improve the depth of our team. But we're excited about our O-Line group. I know a lot of people talk about that, but we feel pretty good about our group.”

The 49ers' actions proved it and now Lynch has said it. They never viewed the offensive line as a drastic need. Free agency proved that as well. Lynch and Kyle Shanahan are more than fine with how their offensive line is built.

And to be fair, they are absolutely correct. This offensive line was sufficient enough for the 49ers to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. Just because they didn't look their best in one game, it does not mean that the 49ers should all of a sudden make wholesale changes there.

It is why the 49ers drafted Dominick Puni and Jarrett Kingston. They are players for next year with the possibility of stepping in this upcoming season should the need arise. Besides, Lynch is right. Picking at the end of every round makes it difficult to grab that talented offensive tackle.

Trading up is certainly on the table, but it takes two to tango. The 49ers would've needed someone willing and that probably never materialized or wasn't worth the cost to the 49ers. I see no issue in them thinking their offensive line isn't as terrible as popular opinion makes it out to be.

Jose Sanchez