Sound decisions always separates great teams from the good teams. That’s exactly what the San Francisco 49ers did this past draft weekend. They lost some key players but ended up getting key players for each loss.
Sound decisions landed draft picks
One of the best moves the 49ers did before the draft was trading Deforest Buckner for a first round pick. With that first round pick they selected Javon Kinlaw who is a nasty hard-hitter that completely dominated the Senior Bowl. The 49ers don’t lose on Buckner due to the fact that Kinlaw has the same high ceiling and will cost a sixth of the price.
Every player they used as much as they could they traded to get a draft pick. There was no place for running back Matt Breida so they picked up a draft pick for him. There was no place for the speedster wide receiver Marquis Goodwin so they parlayed him into another draft pick.
Offensive pick ups
With the trading of Breida and Goodwin they also got rid of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. What did they do? They ended up getting Travis Benjamin and drafting Brandon Aiyuk to replace Sanders and Goodwin. Every move was a financial move and replaced every player with upside and better financial value. They kept Deebo Samuel and will be building around him. The wide receiver core is just as strong if not better.
Will these changes pan out?
The easiest answer to that question is no one knows. Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk are A grades and high on the big boards. There is no possible way to know until the production on the field is produced. As a financial basis the whole offseason has been a homerun for the 49ers. The draft was excellent and basically, they replaced players about to get big time money for rookie contracts. This is how great organization beat free agency and the salary cap. The 49ers are the best at it.
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