The San Francisco 49ers were so close to winning the Super Bowl last season, but they choked in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. Now, we will take a look to see if they found some players in the NFL Draft that are familiar with the Heimlich maneuver so that they do not choke again this season.
Round 1, Pick 14: Javon Kinlaw – DT – South Carolina (6’5″, 324 lbs). As you can see by his measurements, he will start right away in the middle of the defensive line. His presence in the middle will allow for the rest of the defense to continue to make plays.
Round 1, Pick 25: Brandon Aiyuk – WR – Arizona State (6’0″, 205 lbs). One of the main reasons why the Niners lost in the Super Bowl was due to wide receivers not being able to gain separation on routes in the fourth quarter. Aiyuk will definitely make a difference in this category as one of the starting wide receivers (65 rec, 1,192 yds, 8 TD’s). He is also a good kick returner (31.9 avg on kickoff returns, 16.1 avg on punt returns).
Round 5, Pick 7: Colton McKivitz – T – West Virginia (6’6″, 306 lbs). McKivitz will add depth at either tackle position.
Round 6, Pick 11: Charlie Woerner – TE – Georgia (6’5″, 244 lbs). Woerner will have a chance to make the roster as a blocking TE.
Round 7, Pick 3: Jauan Jennings – WR – Tennessee (6’3″, 215 lbs). His size at receiver will help the team out in the red zone.
Grade: The 49ers went all in on this draft by moving up in the draft to pick Kinlaw and Aiyuk because the window for San Francisco is right now. The team did not have too many weaknesses, but they addressed their two biggest issues from last season: stopping direct runs up the middle and depth at wide receiver. I give them a B.