The San Francisco 49ers enter this year’s NFL Draft with 12 total draft picks. With all those options, the 49ers could very well make a few trades to improve their status during the draft. Here are a couple scenarios for the 49ers in the early rounds if they do want to make a trade.
Here are the 49ers’ draft picks:
1. First round, No. 7 (7th overall)
2. Second round, No. 13 (45th overall)
3. Third round, No. 12 (76th overall)
4. Fourth round, No. 11 (108th overall)
5. Fourth round, No. 18 (115th overall, from San Diego in 2010 draft-day trade)
6. Fifth round, No. 10 (141st overall)
7. Sixth round, No. 9 (174th overall)
8. Sixth round, No. 25 (190th overall, from Seattle for DT Kentwan Balmer)
9. Seventh round, No. 8 (211th overall)
10. Seventh round, No. 28 (231st overall, from Detroit for QB Shaun Hill) (Jets original pick in the round)
11. Seventh round, No. 36 (239th overall, compensatory)**
12. Seventh round, No. 47 (250th overall, compensatory)**
** Compensatory picks cannot be traded.
The 49ers will have a few players that are realistic options with their first overall pick. I doubt the 49ers will draft an offensive player, so it is very likely that they will either draft a cornerback (maybe LSU’s Patrick Peterson or Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara) or a pass rusher (Texas A&M’s Von Miller or UNC’s Robert Quinn). But if those players are unavailable (or if the 49ers are unhappy with their options), they could trade down in that round.
They can forfeit their 7th overall pick and get a late first round pick and possibly a mid-round pick in the 2nd round. I doubt the 49ers would try to trade a 2012 draft pick in this scenario. With an uncertain 2011 season with a new coaching staff and unsure roster, it’s hard to really put a price on a 2012 first round pick with a chance of it being at a really high slot.
The Redskins have made it clear that they could be very active during the draft. Don’t count out the 49ers as a possible trade partner if the offer is right.
Let’s say the 49ers get their stud defensive player with their first pick but would really like to get a quarterback earlier than their 45th overall slot. Some have put Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a late first round choice. Florida State’s Christian Ponder might also go late in the first round as well.
If the 49ers are really sold on getting either of them, they can trade into the late first round and give up their second round pick and third round pick. Or instead they might also package their second round pick and both their fourth round picks. At least in my opinion, those values even out if they do seriously consider Kaepernick and Ponder worthy of a late first round choice.
At this point, it is unlikely that a defensive prospect that the 49ers are targeting won’t be available when the team drafts at 7th overall. And unless the 49ers are completely sold at getting TCU’s Andy Dalton or even Arkansas’ Ryan Mallet at quarterback in the second round, I think a trade back into the first round is a strong option for the team.
This is what general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh will have to discuss as draft day approaches. With 10 draft picks that can be traded, the 49ers give themselves a lot of options to get the players they want.