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The Sports Xchange

April 29, 2018 at 10:44 pm.

–The 49ers went to the well again on Day 2 of the draft. Yep, they swung a deal with their new favorite trade partner, the New England Patriots.

This time, they were acquiring picks, not selling them as they did in the Jimmy Garoppolo deal last October.

They can only hope this one turns out half as well.

In exchange for Trent Brown, their starting right tackle last season, they picked up a third-round pick that they turned into much needed help at the position that has now surpassed quarterback as their No. 1 area of need.

They selected Tarvarious Moore of Southern Mississippi, a sure-tackling cornerback so similar to 2014 first-round pick Jimmie Ward, the 49ers might have them duel for the starting cornerback slot opposite of Richard Sherman this season, with the loser moving to safety.

Why trade Brown? For the same reason the Patriots were willing to deal Garoppolo.

If first-round pick Mike McGlinchey is as good as advertised, Brown might never have seen the light of day again as a 49er. Selling him now benefitted the club more than watching him walk as a popular free agent down the line.

–After electing to turn down trade offers and make a selection at No. 9 overall, the 49ers were involved in trades in the second and third rounds.

They dealt No. 59 overall in the second round, along with their own third-rounder (No. 74), to move up to No. 44 and grab wide receiver/kick returner Dante Pettis of Washington.

–No team’s punting game was more vanilla than the 49ers’ last season.

They punted 75 times. On 23 of the occasions, the return man called for a fair catch. On the other 52, he gained a total of 138 yards.

The opponent punted 74 times, with the 49ers calling for 17 fair catches. The other 57 kicks were returned a total of 304 yards.

Talk about a meaningless exhibition.

Things might be different in 2018, with the 49ers having added some pizzazz to their return game.

They used their second-round pick on one of the NCAA’s best return men of all-time, Washington’s Dante Pettis.

They came back three rounds later and picked cornerback D.J. Reed of Kansas State, another guy with dynamic kick-returning skills.

“He’s a guy who can help you out on all four downs,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said of Pettis, who doubles as a speedy wideout.

He might as well have been talking about Reed, who also will get a look at safety.

Sounds like the commercial breaks are going to have to wait until after fourth down this season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I honestly feel disrespected.” — Kansas State cornerback/kick returner D.J. Reed, an All-Big 12 performer who slipped to the fifth round of the draft.

 

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