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27 Apr 2018

49ers Trade Trent Brown to Patriots

Two of the more questionable picks in the first round make a lot more sense following a trade between the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots.

The 49ers are sending offensive tackle Trenton Brown and a fifth-round pick (No. 143) to New England in exchange for a third-round pick (No. 95).

The 49ers surprised many draft viewers when they took Notre Dame tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick in the first round on Thursday night. With Brown and Joe Staley on board, McGlinchey didn't have an obvious spot for playing time in 2018. Now, McGlinchey will step into Brown's old position at right tackle, then theoretically move to the left side to take over for Staley in a year or two.

New England, meanwhile, raised eyebrows with their selection of Georgia offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn at 23rd overall. Though he was announced as a tackle, most feel Wynn fits better at guard in the NFL. That was a problem for New England, which needed a tackle to replace Nate Solder, who signed with the Giants in free agency. Now, Brown can be that tackle, and Wynn can play his more natural position on the interior.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 27 Apr 2018

10 comments, Last at 06 May 2018, 12:10am by LionInAZ


by Karl Cuba :: Fri, 04/27/2018 - 4:34pm

Belichick burgles Brown, Lynch loses laughably.

If McGlinchly is as good as Brown the niners have traded a first round pick and a high fifth for a low third. (I know McGlinchly will be younger and cheaper after this year but I’m too annoyed to count that right now.) And the Pats could get a low third in compensation if he leaves next year, so they’ll be up a fifth round pick and a cheap year of a very good tackle. He struggles to get low and across the face of the defender on the back side of some outside zone runs but his gap blocking is superb, as is his pass pro, if he gets his hands on you you’re done. He’s good, the niners got robbed.

by bravehoptoad :: Fri, 04/27/2018 - 7:40pm

Well, Brown's also coming off that labrum injury and reporting to mini-camp weighing over 400 pounds. If the Pats want him, they'll have to pay up, and if not then at best they're getting a 3rd-round comp pick in 2020. Honestly, I'm surprised the 49ers could get a 2018 3rd for him.

Sounds like Shanahan was never sold on him because of his poor work attitude and poor fit for outside zone. I could certainly see him being a good tackle for some disciplinarian; maybe Belichick is that guy.

by jtr :: Sat, 04/28/2018 - 9:13am

The weight thing could go either way. I remember Bryant McKinnie struggling with his weight, and he had some seasons where he kept his weight under 350 and played well, and some seasons where he flirted with 400 and really struggled. The Ravens Super Bowl season in 2012 was one of his good ones. We'll have to see if Brown can slim down to playing weight; if anybody can motivate him to do so, it's probably the Pats.

by Theo :: Sun, 04/29/2018 - 2:14am

You can't practice at all with a torn Labrum. Can't run, can't lift, can't do anything. I'm not surprised he gained a lot of weight. He tore it in december, and will take at least half a year to get back to 90%.

by justanothersteve :: Sun, 04/29/2018 - 11:44am

Can't do anything? We at least know he can eat. He could also walk, use an exercycle, and climb stairs.

by Fargo :: Sat, 04/28/2018 - 6:48am

As a 49ers fan, I was of the opinion that we should probably let someone else pay him at the end of the year, given his conditioning and motivation issues, but I was still keen to see him turn it on in his contract year. He could be a beast for NE this year, or I suppose he could turn up out of shape again and get cut. Doesn't seem like they've given up too much to find out.

by zenbitz :: Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:27am

There is something else going on here. 49ers brass was very pro about not talking down about their players, but there were hints when they put TB on IR last year that something wasn't sitting right with them.

Not sure if they don't like his foot speed "scheme fit" or his weight or his attitude or just didn't want a Baalke guy. But they did not want him.

by Chuckc :: Mon, 04/30/2018 - 7:30am

An article I read said the 49ers 'were looking for a more physical tackle'. Which is an odd thing to say when trading a guy who is 6'8" 350+lbs.

by bravehoptoad :: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:35am

It is odd, but what Trent Brown is known for is being smooth as silk. A 400-pound guy, and what he kills at is the footwork drills. He was one of Baalke's best finds, in the 7th round or any other round.

The Patriots got themselves a really good tackle.

by LionInAZ :: Sun, 05/06/2018 - 12:10am

"Physical" and "bulky" are not necessarily the same.