49ers Make Big Draft Moves

The San Francisco 49ers are going to be one of the most interesting teams to watch during the 2018 NFL season. during the 2017 season, the 49ers started off the Year by winning just one of their first 11 games. However, during the end of that streak, the team ended up trading with the New England Patriots to grab quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. While they gave Garoppolo a few games to learn the playbook and get acclimated to the team, he ended up starting the last five games of the year and won all five of the games.

Now that the 49ers appeared to have their quarterback of the future, the team is looking for other ways to build. They had been very active in this offseason, which included signing Garoppolo to a long-term contract and signing star cornerback Richard Sherman. The 49ers will continue to look for ways this offseason to build their depth and one of the biggest events of the year for them is the NFL Draft.

Through the first few rounds of the draft, it is clear that the 49ers are building to win today and that they are looking for ways to find weapons for their new young quarterback (http://www.sacbee.com/sports/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/article210010364.html). The 49ers ended up having the number 9 overall pick in the draft and they wasted no time to ensure they were able to get a good offensive lineman in Mike McGlinchey, who is an offensive tackle from Notre Dame. He was one of the top offensive linemen in the draft last year and could provide very valuable protection for Garoppolo for years to come.

In the second round, the 49ers made a bold move by trading up to grab a versatile and athletic wide receiver in Dante Pettis. He previously was a wide receiver with the University of Washington and showed that he is one of the most athletic and talented players in the entire draft. He will likely be able to start and contribute to the team right away and will probably find a lot of time playing in the slot.

In the third round, the 49ers were able to use several accumulated picks to start building out their defense. With the number 70 overall pick, the 49ers selected a linebacker that could replace Reuben Foster if he is not able to play this year due to some pending legal issues that are in process.

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