• Matt Woolsey

Strategies for the 49ers to Crush the Virtual Draft

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Our lives have been completely altered in 2020 since the outbreak, and sports are no different.

In fact, there aren’t any sports.

Sports have always been that outlet where you can get away from life for at least a few hours. But the new virus has even put a stop to that. But as the famous scientist Ian Malcolm once said, “If there's one thing the history of evolution has taught us, it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories, and crashes through barriers painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh, well, there it is.”

The NFL has done everything possible to keep going in the hope the regular season can start on time in September. They have decided to move ahead with the upcoming draft, but with some modifications. This draft will be bunker style and not on the grand stage it has had in the past, but the important thing is it will be moving forward.

The 49ers currently hold two picks in the first round with the 13th and 31st overall. Obviously, it’s important to nail as many of your picks as you can. No one, whether it is the team or the fans, loves a busted pick. The 13th pick in the draft is especially important to nail because that was the pick the 49ers received in the trade for DeForest Buckner. It was going to be damn near impossible for the 49ers to keep their front four under long-term contracts, after all they are all former number-one draft picks that will come with a hefty price tag.

But when you trade a player away like Buckner you better hope you are getting something good in return, which will add a little bit of pressure to this first pick. People will grab torches if Buckner was traded for someone who ends up being a bust. Fans remember: both the fans of that team, and their rivals’ fans, will always remember if this pick ends up being a bust.

The 49ers have limited picks this upcoming draft. They have the two first-rounders, but after that their next pick is not until the fifth round. Their second-round pick is in the Chiefs’ pocket for the Dee Ford trade last season, and both their third- and fourth-rounders went to Denver as part of the Emmanuel Sanders trade. So, with limited chances there is even more pressure on nailing this draft. And the 49ers have traded up in the past to get their guy, which hasn’t always panned out like they had hoped. With the limited picks the 49ers have, trading up might not be in their best interests.

And under no circumstances should they try to trade the 13th and 31st to move up and nab Chase Young. One, I don’t think it is doable; and two, how about the 49ers focus on the back half of the defense?

Or, better yet, draft a stud wide receiver in what is the best WR class in a long time.

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