NFL Draft 2020

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

How 49ers can add more picks in 2020 NFL Draft, according to Peter King

The 49ers own the No. 31 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but they are extremely short on selections this year after that. 

San Francisco has just one pick in the top 150. After the first round, the 49ers won't be on the clock again until the fifth round. They own two fifth-round picks, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. 

Between the second and fifth rounds, it's completely barren for general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. But NBC Sports' Peter King looked at how San Francisco could accrue more selections this April

Here's what King wrote in his latest Football Morning in America column. 

To project the Niners’ path, I looked north for a clue. The arch-rival Seahawks, with ever-restless GM John Schneider, provided an excellent example in 2019 of how to turn one first-round pick into a bevy of picks, replenishing what would have been a thin crop.

The trades:

Seattle traded its first-round pick, 21st overall, to Green Bay for the 30th, 114th and 118th picks.
Seattle traded the 30th pick to the Giants for the 37th, 132nd and 142nd picks.
Seattle traded the 37th pick to Carolina for the 47th and 77th picks. At 47, Seattle picked S Marquise Blair.
Seattle traded the 77th and 118th picks to New England for the 64th pick. At 64, Seattle selected WR DK Metcalf.
Seattle traded the 114th pick to Minnesota for the 120th and 204th picks.
Seattle picked WR Gary Jennings Jr. at 120, S Ugo Amadi at 132, LB Ben Burr-Kiven at 142, and RB Travis Homer at 204.

So Seattle turned pick 21 into picks 47, 64, 120, 132, 142 and 204 ... two second-round picks, two fourth-round picks, one fifth-round pick and one sixth-round pick.

The 49ers lost their second-round pick when they acquired defensive end Dee Ford in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs last offseason. They then lost their third- and fourth-round picks when they acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in a midseason trade with the Denver Broncos.

But they added a fifth-round pick in the Sanders trade and a seventh-round pick from the Detroit Lions in a 2018 trade where they shipped away linebacker Eli Harold.

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The 49ers don't have too many holes on their roster after losing to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV. However, depth is always a must, as they learned this season. With Jimmie Ward being an unrestricted free agent, the 49ers could target a safety early in the draft. They also likely will have their eyes on a loaded receiver class and depth on the interior offensive line. 

To add picks, though, they might have to take a lesson from their biggest rivals.

Emmanuel Sanders reminds 49ers, NFL he still has some good years left

Emmanuel Sanders reminds 49ers, NFL he still has some good years left

If not for Jimmy Garoppolo's overthrown pass, Emmanuel Sanders would have produced the highlight play of the 2019 NFL season. Unfortunately for quarterback, receiver and the San Francisco 49ers, it was not to be.

Sanders had the 49ers in position to win Super Bowl LIV, and he seems to truly want to help San Francisco get back to the big game next season. While the 2020 NFL Draft absolutely is loaded with wide receiver prospects and there likely will be some familiar names available in free agency, Sanders took to Twitter on Tuesday to let the world know people are making a mistake if they think he's over the hill.

Sanders will turn 33 years old in March. According to Pro Football Reference, there only were five wide receivers age 33 or older that caught a pass last season. Still, there are many reasons to believe he has several good years left in him.

For one, Sanders is as sure-handed as they come. As he noted in his tweet, Sanders had only two drops across 97 total targets last season -- from two different teams and multiple QBs.

Secondly, it's not as if he's showing signs of breaking down. Sanders was the only NFL player to play in 17 regular-season games this past season, a result of him coming to San Francisco in a mid-season trade with the Denver Broncos. He then started each of the 49ers' playoff games, including the Super Bowl.

And, finally, Sanders clearly still has blazing speed. Just ask the two Chiefs defenders who let him get behind them on the most important play of their entire lives. If Garoppolo puts the throw on the money, it's highly unlikely he ever feels the need to defend himself on Twitter.

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Sanders is an unrestricted free agent who made $11 million last season. The 49ers have some big decisions to make and not a whole lot of cap room to work with, but he fits what they want to do on offense, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him return for another season (or more) with San Francisco.

And in the event the 49ers decide to go in another direction, Sanders will have no shortage of suitors after the productive year he just put on tape.

Tim Brown believes Derek Carr will remain with Raiders, but needs help

Tim Brown believes Derek Carr will remain with Raiders, but needs help

Derek Carr’s future with the Raiders is being discussed nonstop, an offseason tradition now three years running.

That didn’t happen during the quarterback’s rise to prominence, especially after a 2016 campaign where the Raiders made the playoffs and Carr was a legitimate MVP contender.

Jon Gruden’s return as head coach brought that about, even in relatively early stages of a contract extension that runs through 2022. It grew particularly loud before last year’s NFL draft and is increasing volume again this month with reported links to a Tom Brady pursuit in free agency.

Legendary former Raiders receiver Tim Brown considers all that just talk. He believes Derek Carr will remain a Raider in 2020, when the team formally relocates to Las Vegas.

“I don’t think they’re going to make a move this year,” Brown said last week during an interview on NBC Sports Bay Area’s Radio Row. “I don’t foresee them doing that but, at the same time, it’s always good as an athlete to know, ‘I really need to go out and do well.’”

Brown believes the Raiders should continue building around Carr, giving him the best chance to thrive in his third season under Gruden. It isn’t an unprecedented third NFL season with the same play-caller. It’s some help on the outside the Raiders though Antonio Brown would provide.

“Derek has never had a true No. 1 receiver,” Brown said. “Amari Cooper was there but there were some issues during that time, even though they had some good years together. I think people felt like he was not a top, top guy. And then the whole AB situation happened this year.”

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Antonio Brown’s release left the Raiders receiver corps in tatters, with a talent-deficient crew in near-constant flux. Brown believes the Raiders should fortify the receiver corps this offseason, which should be possible with some establish veterans headed for free agency and a loaded position group entering the NFL draft.

“I would love to see Derek with a true No. 1, a guy who, on 3rd-and-6, everybody knows where the ball is going,” Brown said. From there, you’ll know. If Derek has a [subpar] year like he has had or the team is not in the playoffs, maybe you think about a move. But I think you’ll see a big difference in Derek in that situation, with the top receiver on the team.”