The San Francisco 49ers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl, which means they will select 31st in April’s draft. The team doesn’t have many holes to fill, but to get the team to that point they have had to give up a lot of draft capital. The 49ers have the 31st overall pick, but aren’t scheduled to pick again until the fifth round.
It probably makes the most sense for the team to trade down just to acquire more draft assets. If the team does fall in love with someone in the draft process, they could keep it though. So who should the 49ers be looking at? Let’s look at two perfect options for the 49ers first-round selection.
C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida
C.J. Henderson could very well be gone by the time the 49ers pick, but if he is on the board, he could be a guy that makes the 49ers decide to not trade down.
The 49ers defense was elite, but some parts of the secondary were weak links at times. Ahkello Witherspoon and Emmanuel Moseley were fine players, but the team could upgrade over them. Richard Sherman still has a couple of good years left, but he is getting older and won’t last forever.
Henderson is one of the best cover cornerbacks in the league, and his only real weakness has been with his tackling.-As the 2019 season went on at Florida he improved on that, and it’s something NFL coaches can work with him on.
Henderson might not be an impact player right away in the NFL, but in the next few years he could be a lockdown player for the 49ers.
Laviska Shenault Jr. Wide Receiver, Colorado
The team traded for Emmanuel Sanders midseason and he was a solid player. He is an unrestricted free agent, so unless the team re-signs him, the team is going to need to find a wide receiver.
Laviska Shenault Jr. didn’t get as much attention as the other wideouts because he played at Colorado. But there is a chance he could be the best player in the class.
Shenault is a big-bodied receiver who is going to be a matchup nightmare for defenses. He does need to improve on his route running a bit, but early in his career his size should make up for it.
Jimmy G needs more targets, and Shenault would be a perfect candidate for the job.