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Mock Draft Monday 3.0: Analyzing 49ers 13th and 31st Picks

San Francisco 49ers
24 Mar 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

Things have certainly shifted for the San Francisco 49ers over the course of the last week. Kyle Shanahan revealed last month during the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine that he aims to retain as many players as financially possible from the 49ers Super Bowl season.

San Francisco re-signed defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Ronald Blair III to deals and tendered one-year contracts to Kendrick Bourne, Matt Breida and Daniel Brunskill. The biggest news of the week came by way of a trade that sent DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick.

Following the trade, the 49ers now own the 13th and 31st pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft scheduled for April 23. Aside from the addition in picks, the trade also changed the 49ers needs heading into the draft which could also alter San Francisco's approach in adding young talent to its roster.

Here's a first-look at what national draft experts anticipate the 49ers to do with the 13th and 31st-overall picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.

13th Overall Pick

Vinnie Iyer, Sports News: DT Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina

"The 49ers can consider a disruptive interior replacement for DeForest Bucker with the extra first-round pick they acquired from trading him to the Colts, especially given the edge is strong with Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford. The 6-5, 324-pound Kinlaw posted six sacks in 12 games for the Gamecocks last season. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl (on and off the field) to further boost his stock."

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: Kinlaw

"DeForest Buckner is gone ... and in his place steps another long-limbed, physical freak. Build the fronts and the rest falls into place."

Kevin Hanson, SI.com: CB C.J. Henderson, Florida

"Cornerback Richard Sherman will turn 32 later this month and the team could use an upgrade opposite him. Critics will point to Henderson's inconsistency as a tackler, which needs to improve, but the former Gator's impressive combination of size, length, speed and fluid movement makes him a potential shutdown corner at the next level."

Luke Easterling, USA Today: WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

"George Kittle is Jimmy Garoppolo's No. 1 target, but the 49ers need to give him an elite wide receiver prospect to balance out the target share. Lamb is a complete player who excels after the catch, capable of turning every touch into a huge play. The 49ers made a big trade for this pick, and they need someone who can make an immediate impact."

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network: Lamb

"From top-to-bottom, the San Francisco 49ers have one of the best rosters across the league. After sending DeForest Buckner to the Colts, the 49ers now hold two first-round selections to add to an already loaded roster. The best player left on the board that makes the most sense for San Francisco is CeeDee Lamb. Pairing him with Deebo Samuel gives Kyle Shanahan's offense one of the more exciting young duos in the league."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Henderson

"There has been talk since the NFL Scouting Combine that Henderson would be a top-15 pick. Now that the 49ers hold the 13th selection, they could be the team to make that come true. After this season, defensive backs Richard Sherman, Jaquiski Tartt, K'Wuan Williams and Ahkello Witherspoon are all unrestricted free agents. That could lead the 49ers to future-proofing their defense with a player like Henderson."

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Kinlaw

"DeForest Buckner is now in Indy and he, Arik Armstead and Nick Bosa played at least 75 percent of the 49ers' defensive snaps last season. Kinlaw, who is the best pass-rushing defensive lineman in this draft class, is also stout against the run. He'll seamlessly fit right in in San Francisco."

Neal Driscoll, Pro Football Network: WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama

"The 49ers completed a blockbuster trade with the Indianapolis Colts to acquire this pick and while Javon Kinlaw is an interesting option to replace the departed DeForest Buckner, the 49ers made a bold move to add a new dimension to their offense. To say that Henry Ruggs III is fast would be quite the understatement, he has game-changing speed and is a threat to take it the distance every time he touches the ball."

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today: Ruggs III

"Netting this pick from the Colts in exchange for defensive tackle DeForest Buckner puts San Francisco squarely in the mix for one of this year's best wide receivers. Ruggs, the draft's foremost big-play threat, would unlock new opportunities for Jimmy Garoppolo as a downfield target while still breaking big gains on screens."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama

"The 49ers landed this choice draft pick in the DeForest Buckner trade but they're pretty good at DL so why not grab a potential Joe Staley replacement instead?"

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: DL Derrick Brown, Auburn

"The 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Colts for this pick on Monday. Now the Niners use the pick to pick up Buckner's replacement, and at a far lower cap hit!"

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama

"A lot of folks want the 49ers to trade for OBJ, instead they draft his clone. Jeudy is slippery smooth and has natural hands. He's the best route-runner in the class and one of the best I've seen."

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: Jeudy

31st Overall Pick

Vinnie Iyer, Sports News: WR Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State

"The 49ers could use some more dynamic, versatile playmaking at the position to complement Deebo Samuel with Emmanuel Sanders set to leave in free agency. Aiyuk (6-0, 205 pounds) fits the profile as an impactful slot receiver with his quickness made to make big plays after the catch, with enough speed to get vertical down the middle, too. He needs to get tougher and stronger in his routes to expand to the outside, which can come sooner rather than later."

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama

"Diggs didn't test at the combine, but his size, length and ball skills could still be enticing for the 49ers, even if they never get to time him in the 40-yard dash."

Kevin Hanson, SI.com: WR Tee Higgins, Clemson

"Given the 125-pick gap between this (No. 31) and their next pick (No. 156), the 49ers may be more likely to trade back than to make a selection here. Deebo Samuel had a productive rookie season with nearly 1,000 yards from scrimmage and three 100-yard receiving games from Week 10 on, but Emmanuel Sanders is a free agent. Higgins has strong hands and a large catch radius while wins as a vertical receiver."

Luke Easterling, USA Today: Trade with Indianapolis Colts

"These two teams have already done business on a first-round trade this year, so why not make it happen again? The 49ers need more picks, and the Colts need a long-term solution at quarterback. For a fourth-round pick, the Colts move up three spots and get that fifth-year option on a quarterback prospect with impressive arm talent and tons of potential (Jacob Eason, Washington)."

Jordan Reid, The Draft Network: Diggs

"With Richard Sherman and Emmanuel Moseley as their starters, San Francisco is still holding out hope for Ahkello Witherspoon. In order to provide some competition at both the second and third cornerback spots, Trevon Diggs would be a tremendous addition to a team that already has plenty of talent on the defensive side."

Dan Kadar, SB Nation: Higgins

"The 49ers swung and missed on Dante Pettis, their second-round pick in the 2018 draft. They swung and hit a home run in the second round last year with Deebo Samuel. In this loaded class of wide receivers, the 49ers could take one more swing with a big receiver like Higgins. He's a good outside target who will go up and get the ball. He's not the fastest wide receiver, but the 49ers have plenty of speed."

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson

"Terrell was lost in the mix the last month or so while other CBs moved up draft boards. But he was the best cornerback in the ACC and he has a chance to be better than former teammate and Raiders 2019 second-rounder Trayvon Mullen."

Neal Driscoll, Pro Football Network: OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan

"San Francisco came within minutes of being Super Bowl 54 champions; however, they were not able to outlast Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers are a very talented team and will find themselves right back in the hunt. Drafting a mauler like Cesar Ruiz to be the focal point of the San Francisco offensive line would be money well spent."

Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA Today: DT Ross Blacklock, TCU

"Slippery and agile, Blacklock would give San Francisco a disruptive interior presence to replace Buckner. Without picks in the second, third and fourth rounds, the 49ers might be motivated to move back in a trade with any team hoping to leap into the first."

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

"Would Kyle Shanahan take a running back this early? Maybe he would for an explosive player like Dobbins who would fit nicely in terms of pass catching and explosive one-cut runs."

Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: S Grant Delpit, LSU

"Trading for the Colts' first-round pick makes me believe the 49ers are even more likely to trade this pick than they were before, but if they don't, and Delpit is still on the board, it would make a lot of sense."

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report: S Xavier McKinney, Alabama

"The 49ers can use help at safety. McKinney is a do it all type defender who Robert Saleh can deploy all over the defense."

Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: CB Jeff Gladney, TCU

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