49ers fans stunned as Chiefs draft Kingsley Suamataia in picks swap - "Biggest miss in franchise history" 

Kingsley Suamataia is joining Patrick Mahomes
Kingsley Suamataia is joining Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs are among the top teams in the NFL, but that has not stopped them from restocking their rosters.

This year in particular, they were looking at their left tackle of the future. And Kingsley Suamataia was among the top prospects for that spot.

The Chiefs won the bidding war on Friday by trading up one spot from No. 64 to select the BYU Cougar in the second round of the 2024 NFL draft, securing themselves a new long-term solution for star quarterback Patrick Mahomes' blind side. This will allow him to feed the likes of Travis Kelce, Marquise Brown and Xavier Worthy, as well as create holes for burgeoning rushers like Isiah Pacheco.

49ers fans, however, could not help but feel regretful:

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Others attacked Niners General Manager John Lynch:

"JOHN LYNCH HAS DEMENTIA", another alleged.
"Lynch and Shanahan literally don't know what they're doing lmaoo", a third fan said.

Did 49ers need to draft Kingsley Suamataia? Explaining how he would have impacted Kyle Shanahan’s roster

Why are San Francisco 49ers fans despairing over missing out on Kingsley Suamataia when they still have an elite roster?

Quarterback Brock Purdy has a wide assortment of weapons in Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and Deebo Samuel. They also nabbed Ricky Pearsall late in the first round as a potential replacement for Brandon Aiyuk, who has been a favorite topic of trade rumors as he enters the final year of his contract.

But there is one area where the 49ers face a burgeoning problem: the offensive line. Left tackle Trent Williams has been the primary reason why that offense is very potent, but he is turning 36 this year. And while he has managed to stay largely healthy in Santa Clara, there may still be concerns regarding his longevity and future.

Suamataia would have figured to be the heir apparent in that situation. Learning under a well-credentialed veteran like Williams would have allowed him to grow into his position more naturally and primed the team for a future rebuild.

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