2020 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers Trade Down to Select DT Ross Blacklock

Jose Luis Sanchez III

Picking 13th overall in the NFL draft has given the San Francisco 49ers extensive flexibility. Everything is on the table for them, whether they draft a wide receiver or an offensive tackle. 

Even trading down is an option for them, which Conor Orr of Sports Illustrated has projected in his latest mock draft. Orr has the 49ers slated to trade down from No. 13 to No. 21 with the Philadelphia Eagles to select TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock.

"The 49ers will either reload at wide receiver or defensive line here. Life is pretty good for Kyle Shanahan, who has one of the deepest rosters in football and a solid talent pool to pluck from in this year’s draft. With Deebo Samuel emerging as a No. 1 talent, he’ll need to weigh the advantages of more firepower against the benefits of stuffing the run. Blacklock, from a nose tackle position, contributed nearly a fifth of the Horned Frogs’ pressure. Pretty incredible."

It would not surprise if the 49ers end up trading down from pick No. 13. They certainly are in need of draft capital, which they would garner a hefty load should they trade down from that pick. 

However, drafting down to select Blacklock is where things get botched. If the Niners are intent on trading DeForest Buckner just to draft his cheap replacement, then Javon Kinlaw at No. 13 is the ideal pick. Perhaps even Derrick Brown falls to 13. Stranger things have happened.

While there is a hole left by trading Buckner away, I don't believe the 49ers will take a defensive tackle in the first-round. The three positions the Niners will most likely take at 13 is wide receiver, cornerback , or offensive tackle. Those positions make the most sense as opposed to a defensive tackle. 

With receiver, Kyle Shanahan finally gets his polished and immediate impact player that can tag along with Deebo Samuel. The Niners would be set for the foreseeable future at the position and become a dangerous pass attack with George Kittle.

Offensive tackle and cornerback both serve the same purpose for why the 49ers would draft that position at No. 13. That purpose is to find a future replacement for either Joe Staley or Richard Sherman. Staley is the closest towards the end of his career, especially since he is injury prone at this point.

Once again, everything is on the table for the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive tackle could definitely be a position they select, but given the sense from being around the team prior to the quarantine is that those three positions mentioned will be the interest.

Comments (9)
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Ninergarcia
Ninergarcia

If Ruggs is there we gotta take him ,cee Dee lamb is the no.1 choice but Ruggs ain’t that far behind him.

robhog
robhog

I see the 49ers trading the 13th pick and possibly the 31st as well to pick up 2 additional picks giving them 4 picks in the 2nd and maybe early 3rd rounds. I could be wrong. Loaded with Receivers in this Draft. I wouldn't waste a 1st round pick on a Receiver. My 1st choice would be to replace Buckner then a DB another TE and WR. If only I were in charge.

Foxstar
Foxstar

What are the biggest position needs to fill for the 49ers? (in order).
1- Tackle, Joe Stately is not only geeting old, he has become injury prone.
2- Cornerback, Sherman is getting old as well
3- Wide Reciever. Draft is deep at WR this year. I would address Tackle or CB with 13th pick, than pick capabable WR with 31st pick.
4- Interior defensive line. Buckner's loss, can hopefully be replaced on a rookie contract.

Jimsch535
Jimsch535

Because Buckner was not going to sign with the Niners. He made it clear he wanted top dollar and in all sports today the cap dictates who stays who leaves and the success of the team.
Sad but it has more to do with business than the players. Niners will pick a DT if a good one is available, trade back on the 31st and then select an OT and receiver. Those will be the 3 positions they draft first in what order depends on who is available at each pick.

BeBold
BeBold

With so little draft capital, the 13th pick has to be done right. There are some capable OT depth to fill in for Staley (at this point). Sherm had one of his best years in awhile. At 32, I believe he still has plenty in the tank (its called smarts). JG must have a replacement for ES. Without that, he will be sacked more tines than last season, and become more predictable for opposing defenses.

PWillis Is a HOF
PWillis Is a HOF

Who? Man, shows what kind of a fan I am. I agree with the article, that if there is any DT to target it should be Javon Kinlaw.

TD26
TD26

I feel like this would be so pointless. Why trade Buckner just to draft another DT? Makes no sense to me. I know it is a rookie deal, but come on.


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