There is always an assumption that the two teams who make the Super Bowl will have the fewest holes to fill once the next draft rolls around. That is rarely the case, though, as every team has salary cap issues to address, not to mention finding replacements for players who leave via free agency. In recent years, we have seen the team who loses the Super Bowl fail to even make the playoffs in the following season, so there is certainly a need to draft well in hopes of not seeing progress stall or begin to head in the opposite direction. The san Francisco 49ers are coming off a fantastic season, but there have been rumblings that they are not entirely satisfied with their current roster, including at QB. There were a lot of people looking at what the 49ers would do in this draft and they were certainly active, swinging trades in the opening round to try and get the players they really wanted. Let’s take a look at the picks the 49ers made in the 2020 NFL Draft, as well as their current odds to win the Super Bowl.
NFL San Francisco 49ers SB Odds & Analysis After Draft
The 49ers swung a pair of trades in the opening round and ended up landing themselves a pair of selections along the way. With the 14th pick overall, San Francisco opted to go with DT Javon Kinlaw out of South Carolina. This was not a huge surprise when you consider that the 49ers have now picked a D-line player first in each of the last 5 years. Kinlaw’s story is a great one, and this looks like a kid who will battle to overcome every obstacle placed in his way.
The 49ers had a definite need at WR after losing Emmanuel Sanders, but they passed on some of the bigger names in the WR class, trading to land at #25, where they picked up Brandon Aiyuk. While not as highly rated as some of the other receivers in this class, he still has a real shot at starting this year.
After all their earlier trades, the San Francisco 49ers did not have another pick until the 5th round. They went shopping for depth on the offensive line and came away with OT Colton McKivitz out of West Virginia. This is a player with a very good shot at making the 53-man roster this coming season and serving as a depth player on the O-line.
After failing to land TE Austin Hooper in free agency, we all believed that the 49ers were going to go looking for a tight end in the draft. They waited until the 6th round to do it, but finally took Charlie Woerner out of Georgia. Woerner is a great blocker and could potentially move to fullback but look for him to challenge for a TE spot this season.
Players taken in the 7th round always face an uphill battle of making the final roster, which will certainly be the case with WR Jauan Jennings out of Tennessee.
A very good draft for the 49ers that most pundits have graded as a B+. This is still one of the top teams in the NFC, and they are in at +900 to win the Super Bowl this season.