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Breaking: Former 1st-round pick traded | Around the NFL

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The San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions have agreed on a trade that will send offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson to the 49ers in exchange for a 5th round draft pick in 2019. 

"Tomlinson, 25, gives the 49ers some needed depth and potential on the interior of the offensive line," wrote CBS Sports. "Tomlinson (6-3, 312) started 24 of 32 games for the Lions over the past two seasons and gives the 49ers another player capable of playing guard and center. The guard position in particular is where Tomlinson might be best suited to help as it's shown this preseason to be an area where the 49ers could use an upgrade."

Per NBC Sports, Tomlinson has played in every game since the Lions drafted him, with 24 starts. But he wasn’t expected to start this year and may not have even made the roster at all. Now San Francisco will see if it can get more out of his talents than Detroit did.

Tomlinson only received first-team work during training camp this year when right guard T.J. Lang -- who Detroit signed in the offseason from Green Bay -- sat out of practice for rest as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

But ESPN argues that the 49ers needed a quality guard. With projected starting left guard Joshua Garnett still recovering from a knee injury and his return date uncertain, the Niners have been using Zane Beadles and Brandon Fusco as the starting guards.

While the starting offensive line has done well in pass protection, top running back Carlos Hyde has struggled to find traction. In the three preseason games, he's averaged 2.6 yards on 17 carries in coach Kyle Shanahan's outside zone rushing scheme.

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