Trey Lance has company in his rookie class.
The 49ers selected Notre Dame guard Aaron Banks in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft (No. 48 overall) on Friday, after trading back from the No. 43 overall pick in a deal with the Raiders.
Banks, an Alameda native who attended El Cerrito High School, was an AP First Team All-American and First Team All-ACC as a senior in 2020. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds, Banks didn't allow a sack last season and he only allowed two combined sacks in his first two seasons with Notre Dame.
The 49ers allowed the 12th-most sacks (39) in 2020, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo started just six of 16 games after sustaining multiple high-ankle sprains.
Lance, whom the 49ers selected No. 3 overall in Thursday's first round, is more mobile than Garoppolo, but protecting the 20-year-old will be no less important after the 49ers traded three first-round picks in order to select him.
San Francisco also acquired a fourth-round pick (No. 121 overall) from Las Vegas, sending a 2021 seventh-rounder (No. 230 overall) to the Silver and Black.
The 49ers now have the following picks after selecting Banks:
- Third round (No. 102 overall)
- Fourth round (No. 117)
- Fourth round (No. 121)
- Fifth round (No. 155)
- Fifth round (No. 172)
- Fifth round (No. 180)
- Sixth round (No. 194)