2018 NFL draft: 49ers trade tackle Trent Brown to New England for third-round pick

Via multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have traded offensive tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots.

ESPN reports that San Francisco will receive a third-round pick, No. 95 overall, giving the 49ers three picks on Friday night. New England acquires Brown and the 143rd pick, in the sixth round.

Patriots looking for young tackles

New England used one of its two first-round picks on Thursday night on Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn, though it’s unclear at the moment how the Patriots will use Wynn; he could be kicked inside to left guard because of his size, as the team did years ago with Logan Mankins.

That theory gains traction with the acquisition of Brown, who is massive: he’s 6-foot-8, 350 pounds. The seventh-round pick in 2015 started all 16 games at right tackle in 2016, and began the season there last year, but was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury after 10 games.

Nate Solder, who had been the Patriots’ left tackle, left the team for the Giants in free agency.

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell walks past a video board displaying an image of Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma after he was picked #1 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Sam Darnold of USC gestures after being picked #3 overall by the New York Jets during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Saquon Barkley of Penn State poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #2 overall by the New York Giants during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb is selected fifth overall by the Denver Broncos during the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A Buffalo Bills fan cheers prior to the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A general view of AT&T Stadium prior to the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
A San Diego Chargers fan brings the energy before the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea is selected 12th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen is selected 10th overall by the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Thursday, April 26, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #11 overall by the Miami Dolphins during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Roquan Smith of Georgia poses after being picked #8 overall by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walks across the stage with his fiancee Michelle Rodriguez is greeted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to announce the twenty eighth pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hold up the twenty eighth pick Terrell Edmunds for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins fan cheers on her team from the floor of AT&T Stadium for the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Marcus Davenport of UTSA greets NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #14 overall by the New Orleans Saints during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State reacts after being picked #19 overall by the Dallas Cowboys during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Fans start to gather prior to the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A view of the NFL Draft theater prior to the start of the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A General View of the Draft Stage inside AT&T Statium prior to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: A General View of the 2018 NFL Draft Floor inside AT&T Statium prior to the 2018 NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Preview of the 2018 NFL Draft Theater, which is being built on the field of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Preview of the 2018 NFL Draft Theater, which is being built on the field of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
Preview of the 2018 NFL Draft Theater, which is being built on the field of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. This is the first time, the draft is taking place at an NFL stadium, allowing more fans than ever before to watch their favorite team's selections live. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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Brown well-respected by opponents

No less a pass-rusher than Denver Broncos star Von Miller has said on more than one occasion that he struggles against Brown and believes he’s one of the best tackles in the NFL.

He is the best right tackle in the National Football League, if not a top-five offensive tackle, period,” Miller said last year after a joint training camp practice between the Broncos and Niners. “So going against Trent Brown and Joe Staley, they have two of the best tackles. Trent Brown is one of the best in the National Football League and Joe Staley has been one of the best for a long time.”

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McGlinchey pick made trade possible

San Francisco used the ninth pick on Thursday night on tackle Mike McGlinchey. McGlinchey was considered by many draft observers to be a Day One starter, and it looks like the 49ers will be giving him that chance.

While stalwart left tackle Joe Staley will likely be retiring in the next couple of years (he’ll turn 34-years-old during camp), McGlinchey may be able to slide into the left tackle spot once that happens after holding down the right tackle spot in the interim.

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