2018 NFL draft: 49ers trade tackle Trent Brown to Patriots 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 fifth 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.

Tackle Trent Brown has been traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the New England Patriots. (AP)
Tackle Trent Brown has been traded from the San Francisco 49ers to the New England Patriots. (AP)

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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