Although San Francisco came up short in last season's Super Bowl, the 49ers have high hopes to get back there. Granted, the NFC West is going to get a lot tougher. After all, Seattle has Russell Wilson and Arizona improved their offense dramatically. So how well did San Francisco respond?
The splashiest move San Francisco made was trading DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round pick, who turned out to be his heir apparent, Javon Kinlaw. The defensive lineman had ten sacks and 17 tackles for loss in his three seasons with South Carolina. Buckner had a huge cap hit coming, so San Francisco freed up some space to possibly pay George Kittle in the future. Filling Buckner's big shoes will be tough, but the 49ers believe in Kinlaw to do so.
Getting Trent Williams for a pick in the later rounds was a surprising steal. Williams has been to the Pro Bowl seven times and will be a great replacement for the retired Joe Staley. Adding speedy Brandon Ayuck from the draft will be nice... if he can work on his hands.
San Francisco made plenty of moves this off-season. Some good (getting Williams), some bad (not adding a no. 1 receiver), and some in between (trading Buckner). I'm going to give San Francisco a 7.5 out of ten.
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