The first trade of the 2020 NFL Draft finally occurred after almost two hours into the event.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved up one spot with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers receive the 14th and 117th pick while Tampa Bay receives the 13th and a seventh-round pick.
Tampa coming up to SF’s spot for tackle. SF getting 14 and 117 and giving 13 and its last seventh-round pick, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2020
Tampa Bay ended up selecting Iowa offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs with the 13th pick. Wirfs was widely predicted to land with the New York Giants at the 4th pick in the draft so his drop was a surprise. The New York Giants selected Georgia OT Andrew Thomas with their 4th overall pick instead. The Buccaneers selected Tristan Wirfs to protect their new quarterback, Tom Brady. Brady signed with the Buccaneers this offseason following a long career with the New England Patriots. Wirfs should help with the running game as well, as it desperately needs to improve.
The San Francisco 49ers used their 14th pick to select South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw is a big and dominant force in the middle of the defensive line who can make an impact in stopping the run. Additionally, Kinlaw has also done a good job putting the pressure on the quarterback for his size. He should replace DeForest Buckner on the defensive line. The 49ers traded Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts last month. This is a draft pick that helps the 49ers improve their depth on the defensive line.
Both teams got their guys in the end and the 49ers got a fourth-round pick out of it. It wouldn’t be considered a game-changing trade, but both teams got what they wanted.