3 Players the 49ers Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Picks

Max Staley
The San Francisco 49ers have two first-round picks, but there are some players they might want to avoid.
The San Francisco 49ers have two first-round picks, but there are some players they might want to avoid. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images
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Coming off a Super Bowl appearance, the San Francisco 49ers will look to load up for another postseason run in 2020. They didn't waste much time shaking up the roster, either. GM John Lynch shipped off star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall selection.

Now armed with two first-round picks, the 49ers can't afford to miss with either selection, as they don't have any picks from rounds 2 to 4. With that in mind, here are three players the 49ers should avoid taking with their first-round picks.

3. Henry Ruggs III

Henry Ruggs III would be a bit of a reach at No. 13.
Henry Ruggs III would be a bit of a reach at No. 13. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If Henry Ruggs is somehow available at No. 31, the 49ers should rush to the podium to snatch him up. But the team shouldn't use the No. 13 overall selection on him, as he's nowhere near as polished as Jerry Jeudy or CeeDee Lamb. With so much talent at WR in this class, the team would be better off taking a Buckner replacement like Javon Kinlaw, or drafting Joe Staley's long-term replacement instead of reaching for Ruggs at 13. If they wait, the 49ers could end up with a fantastic talent like Denzel Mims at No. 31.

2. Grant Delpit

Grant Delpit is a talented player, but he might not be a great fit for the 49ers.
Grant Delpit is a talented player, but he might not be a great fit for the 49ers. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Grant Delpit is one of, if not the, most talented safeties in the class, but that's no longer a position of need in San Francisco. Entering the offseason, there was some concern that the team could lose Jimmie Ward, but he re-signed on a three-year deal. The team has more pressing needs, like receiver and interior defensive line, and Delpit is coming off a down year in 2019. He's a risky investment, and the 49ers would be better off going elsewhere.

1. Tee Higgins

Tee Higgins could be a risky investment for the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31.
Tee Higgins could be a risky investment for the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images

As mentioned above, Mims would be a fantastic WR to target at 31, though he's not nearly as well known as Tee Higgins, who is projected to be drafted in a similar range. Higgins is coming off a fantastic season, in which he racked up 1,167 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he's not a prototypical fit in Kyle Shanahan's system. Shanahan has done some of his best work with speedy, shifty receivers (like Deebo Samuel), and the big-bodied Higgins certainly isn't a burner. Mims, who ran a blazing 4.38 40-yard dash, might be a better fit for the team.



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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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