The San Francisco 49ers used a second round pick in 2018 to acquire Jimmy Garoppolo who, on the surface, appears to be their franchise quarterback of the future.
In the NFL Draft held 12 days ago at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers went about protecting that investment with the selection of Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick in the first round.
McGlinchey had apparently been the long-term focus of the 49ers who hoped that the desperate need for quarterbacks would cause teams above them to reach for signal callers and allow him to fall to their spot.
That was not an unreasonable premise given that McGlinchey, although considered the top tackle in the Draft, was originally projected to be selected a little lower in the process.
When Tampa Bay, another side that could use help on the offensive line, made the decision to trade down, San Francisco was assured of either McGlinchey or potentially linebacker Roquan Smith at another need position.
In the second round of the Draft the 49ers moved back into position to acquire wide receiver Dante Pettis from Washington. Pettis has useful deep speed and adds another target for Garoppolo.
The rest of the way the Niners took question marks and players with injuries.
As such they got some value in where they were selecting, but it was all a little underwhelming.
However if you get a franchise quarterback, the top tackle in the Draft and a potentially useful wide out it's hard to complain overall.
The Niners are 8899.00 to win the NFC West and 1501.00 for the American Conference.
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