The task for the San Francisco 49ers heading into the draft was straight forward.
Find replacements for departed starters DeForest Buckner at defensive tackle and Emmanuel Sanders at receiver and then find a player to step in for longtime left tackle Joe Staley, who informed the NFC champions before the draft that he planned to retire.
The Niners filled the first two spots in the first round with defensive tackle Jevon Kinlaw and receiver Brandon Aiyuk and hoped they wouldn’t regret passing on a potential starting tackle like Tristan Wirfs.
They couldn’t have scripted it any better when they were able to trade for seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams on Saturday.
“It was a good gamble that worked out well,” coach Kyle Shanahan said.
While the 49ers were one of the teams that filled their needs on draft weekend. Others like Green Bay fell short.
The Packers got a first-round quarterback in Jordan Love to sit behind Aaron Rodgers for a couple of years but didn’t get their star quarterback any wideouts in a receiver-rich draft.
“It’s a little bit the way everything kind of fell early in the draft,” Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said. “It just didn’t work out that we were able to select some of the guys we had rated really highly.”