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NFL Draft 2020: Who are the six prospects 49ers would take at No. 13?

NFL Draft 2020: Who are the six prospects 49ers would take at No. 13?

49ers general manager John Lynch suggested during a video conference with reporters on Monday there are a half-dozen players he and coach Kyle Shanahan have targeted as options to select with the team’s No. 13 overall pick.

“It's kind of boiled down to that process where Kyle and I are really zeroing in and challenging each other,” Lynch said.

"We’re playing out a couple more scenarios in our head, but we'll be prepared come draft day.”

The 49ers seem to be open for business if a team wants to trade up to No. 13.

There might be six players the 49ers are willing to select with their first draft selection on Thursday night, as Lynch suggested, but how many players would prompt the 49ers to brush aside any and all trade requests? Two? Three? Four?

Lynch calls these prospects “foundational players.” But who are they?

Of course, most of them will already be off the board when it is the 49ers’ turn to go on the clock. Here is a list of prospects that could offer the 49ers what they want at No. 13:

DT Derrick Brown, Auburn

The 49ers have a lot of snaps on the interior of their defensive line to replace after sending DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in a trade for the No. 13 overall pick.

Brown (6-foot-4 5/8, 326 pounds) is a run-stuffing machine who needs some refinement in his pass-rush skills. He is so big, strong and quick that he is capable of much more than what he showed in college as an interior pass-rusher.

Brown is the only defensive tackle that makes this list of options at No. 13 overall, though we did give serious consideration to Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina, too.

CB Jeff Okudah, Ohio State

Jeff Okudah appears to be a good fit for the 49ers’ three-deep scheme due to his size, physical traits and smarts. This is also a wise selection for the 49ers because they currently have none of their top cornerbacks under contract beyond this season. Okudah, as would be the case with any rookie cornerback added during the draft, would come in and learn from Richard Sherman.

Could there be another cornerback on this list? It’s possible that C.J. Henderson (Florida) or A.J. Terrell (Clemson) could end up as the 49ers’ top pick, too. Terrell would be more likely with a trade-back option.

OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama

Lynch said this week of All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley: “We’ve heard nothing that would lead us to believe that Joe is not going to play.”

Obviously, it does not help the 49ers to completely tip their hand about what they consider their top areas to address during the draft, so Lynch played that one correctly.

That is why we’re going to list the top four offensive tackles in this draft as options for the 49ers at No. 13.

Again, it’s entirely possible that each of these players will be selected within the first dozen picks. Jedrick Willis is a mauling run-blocker with the feet of a basketball player. There’s a good chance he will be the first O-lineman off the board, perhaps as early as No. 4 to the New York Giants.

OT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa

Tristan Wirfs has received high-caliber coaching at Iowa under former NFL offensive line coach Kirk Ferentz. Wirfs is versatile enough to play just about anywhere he is needed. Some teams might consider him a better NFL fit at guard. He would be a huge addition to the 49ers -- wherever he's needed.

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OT Mehki Becton, Louisville

Do not be fooled by his size. At 6-foot-7 3/8, 364 pounds, Mehki Becton is nimble enough to execute the 49ers’ zone-blocking scheme. His time in the 40-yard dash was just .05 slower than Wills, who weighs 52 pounds lighter.

OT Andrew Thomas, Georgia

Andrew Thomas is another top-10 talent at offensive tackle, whom the 49ers must seriously consider if he slides past the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12 overall.

OK, so there are six players and we did not even mention the position that most believe is the team’s top priority entering this draft . . .

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The Wide Receivers

The top three receivers in this draft are generally thought to be CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma), Jerry Jeudy (Alabama) and Henry Ruggs (Alabama). Throw in Justin Jefferson (LSU), too.

Nobody would be shocked if the 49ers selected any one of those four players at No. 13.

But with the quality depth at wide receiver throughout this draft, the 49ers’ best plan of attack might be to trade down, pick up a second-day pick, and still get a high-quality receiver a little later.

NFL Draft 2020: Impact on Raiders if Tua Tagovailoa, Mekhi Becton fall

NFL Draft 2020: Impact on Raiders if Tua Tagovailoa, Mekhi Becton fall

The Raiders sit in an interesting position in the first round of the NFL draft. With the No. 12 and No. 19 overall picks, the Silver and Black appear to be in a good spot to address their two most glaring needs -- wide receiver and cornerback -- in Round 1.

With three quarterbacks, three to four offensive tackles and three to four defensive stars slated to go in the top 10, the Raiders are expected to be able to snag either one of the top three wide receivers or Florida cornerback CJ Henderson with their top pick.

But every year, a few prospects slide for one reason or another. Laremy Tunsil dropped after a video of him smoking weed in a gas mask was leaked. Everyone is well aware of Aaron Rodgers' fall to the Green Bay Packers, and La'el Collins being named in a murder investigation and not being cleared of any involvement until after the draft.

With the 2020 NFL Draft a few days away, a few top prospects have some red flags that could see them fall down the board.

First, Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton reportedly failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine. While a failed drug test no longer is the scarlet letter it once was, it could see a few teams pass on Becton in favor of other top tackles Andrew Thomas, Tristan Wirfs and Jedrick Wills.

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The other two notable names who could slide both are due to medical red flags. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had surgery on both ankles in college and dislocated his hip and fractured the posterior wall of the socket back in November. All reports are that he is healing as scheduled and he looked good mobility wise during his virtual pro day. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, teams have not been able to bring Tagovailoa in for meetings or an evaluation. While he shouldn't slide out of the top 10, there is a possibility teams won't want to take that big of a risk in the top five.

Finally, there's South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw. While Kinlaw never missed a game in college, he did have hip surgery in 2018 and knee issues prevented him from working out at the combine. At 6-foot-5, 324 pounds, Kinlaw is an athletic freak with little body fat. While those body types are to be marveled at, they also are the ones that seem to bring greater injury risk. Much like Tagovailoa, Kinlaw has been unable to visit teams and get checked out by their doctors to gauge the health of his knee and overall health.

For the Raiders, these three elite prospects dropping means a few things: First, if Becton and Tagovailoa, two presumed top 10 picks, do slide, there's a chance the player the Raiders are targeting at No. 12, whether it be CeeDee Lamb, Henry Ruggs or Henderson, will have been snapped up by a team passing on a tackle or quarterback with red flags. Those two falling also could have teams calling the Raiders to move up and select a sliding future star. While trading No. 12 isn't advisable, if the Raiders were offered a deal that included multiple Day 2 draft picks then it's something they would have to at least consider, especially if Lamb and Henderson are off the board.

The Raiders also reportedly could "sniff" around to trade up for Tagovailoa if he were to drop. Tagovailoa was the most efficient quarterback in college football history, so the possibility of putting him in silver and black would be an enticing one that the Raiders would have to consider.

Kinlaw's slide could benefit the Raiders. Not expected to go until the mid-teens of the first round, if Kinlaw gets past the Atlanta Falcons at No. 16 and Dallas Cowboys at No. 17, the Raiders could have the second-best defensive tackle fall into their lap. While the best-case scenario for the Raiders likely has them take a top talent at No. 12, and trade down from No. 19 to add a second-round pick, adding a game-changing defensive tackle like Kinlaw and a top wide receiver either at No. 12 or in a slight trade back would still be a good haul on Day 1.

But that would leave them either waiting for the third round to draft a cornerback or scrambling to find a way into the second round to select Damon Arnette or perhaps Jaylon Johnson. Either way, it's a position general manager Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden might not want to find themselves in.

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The draft rarely goes according to plan. After about the first three picks, every mock draft has been blown apart and the real fun begins.

The Raiders know what they want to do and how they hope the board shakes out. But everything changes once there's a massive reach or a top prospect falls.

Prepare for everything.

NFL rumors: Teams aware of prospect Mekhi Becton's failed drug test

NFL rumors: Teams aware of prospect Mekhi Becton's failed drug test

If general manager John Lynch and the 49ers draft Louisville offensive tackle Mekhi Becton on Thursday, they will be aware that he comes with baggage.

The projected top-10 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft failed a drug test at the scouting combine in February and has made the news known to prospective teams, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Saturday, citing a source.

In a video posted on March 27, Lynch appeared to be scouting the Nov. 30 game between Louisville and Kentucky. As NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco deduced, Becton was on the only player on the field that was a top NFL draft prospect.

While most mock drafts project the 49ers to take a wide receiver with the No. 13 overall pick, the team does need to plan for the future at offensive line, so taking Becton doesn't seem like a stretch.

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Before news of Becton's failed drug test, he was projected to be off the board before the 49ers are on the clock. NBC Sports Bay Area's Dalton Johnson and Josh Schrock have Becton pegged to go No. 8 overall to the Arizona Cardinals. But Becton could slide if teams now are weary due to this latest development.