Round 1, 31st Overall
Given their lack of middle-round picks, the 49ers’ first-round selection will give the team their only real chance to add a top collegiate player. It will be interesting to see which position of need Lynch and Shanahan elect to address.
While receiver and cornerback are the two most pressing needs, the team’s best option may be to use this pick to bolster the team’s biggest strength — their running game.
San Francisco has displayed an elite rushing attack under Shanahan’s zone run scheme. Their ability to find success with an array of running backs has also been impressive.
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However, imagine what the 49ers’ offense could look like with a legitimate top option in the backfield. If the team was able to use their stable of mix-matched players earn a Super Bowl berth, imagine what they could do with an elite prospect like D’Andre Swift.
The Georgia product boasts excellent athleticism and strength for his position. Scouts have praised his explosiveness and ability to consistently power through tacklers. His natural gifts have even drawn comparisons to Carolina Panthers’ star Christian McCaffrey.
While his physical playing style could lead to potential injury concerns, he is widely considered to be the top overall running back in the 2020 NFL Draft. If he is able to protect his body, he has the makeup of an NFL star.
However, in a modern NFL that values passing over rushing, most teams are not eager to select a running back in the first round (unless the prospect has a grade as high as players like Saquon Barkley or McCaffrey).
Swift, while a very good prospect, does not quite reach that level. He could very easily be on the board as the 49ers go on the clock.