For their first time atop the San Francisco 49ers organization, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will be challenged in the NFL Draft. In three years, the duo of Lynch and Shanahan have lived in the top-10 picks, tapping consensus blue-chip prospects with their selections. In 2020, the 49ers will have to venture into uncharted territory.
While owning the draft positions of 13th and 31st is a dramatic difference from being on the clock with the No. 2 overall selection. Shanahan and Lynch will need to adopt a new philosophy when it comes to draft day.
Coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, the 49ers are in win-now mode. In 2020, the approach will be divergent from eyeing a player to help stack their rebuild. Shanahan and Lynch will need to find a pair of players that can help them extend their reign over the NFC.
Lastly, with limited capital outside of the first 32 picks, Shanahan and Lynch will have to navigate up and down the draft as they've never had to do before. Trades are likely, but impossible to predict. The available depth at certain position groups could force the 49ers' hand in a possible trade scenario.
To start, the 49ers need visible help at both the cornerback and wide-receiver positions — two groups stocked full of talent outside the first round. With the depth available at defensive back and wideout, the 49ers could nab a starting-caliber player in the second or third rounds if they can acquire the right type of capital.
Without further ado, here is how I would handle the 2020 draft if I was at the head seat in the 49ers virtual draft war room. (This edition of the 49ers seven-round mock draft will come without trades).
In my opinion, subtracting DeForest Buckner is a more dramatic loss than 49ers fans are expecting. While Kinlaw won't replace the leadership and experience of the former San Francisco pro bowler, he makes the loss of Buckner less of a blow to the 49ers' strongest position group. San Francisco's lethal defensive front helped will them to an unexpected Super Bowl run; Kinlaw's addition would preserve that identity.