The San Francisco 49ers, with six picks in the first three rounds, are widely considered a potential candidate to trade up in the draft. They did so last year, from 31 to 18, to grab Eric Reid. A potential candidate for the 49ers, according to Eric Branch of SFGate, is wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr out of LSU.
Beckham, a 5’11” 195 lb speedster, could fill the slot position and be the deep threat that the 49ers have been craving for quite some time. He met with some 49ers brass at his pro day earlier in April.
The 49ers would almost certainly need to trade up to select Beckham, a likely mid-1st-round pick. Though the Baltimore Ravens are definitely a potential trade partner–after all, their coaches are brothers, the Ravens have been on the record as receiving calls about trades, and the 49ers picked up Anquan Boldin from them last season–a move up to number 17 might not be enough. Pittsburgh, who holds the number 15 selection, also could use some receiving help, as evidenced by a dinner meeting they held with Beckham.
Is Beckham worth a trade up? For a first and a third round pick, and perhaps a lower one as well, I would say so. He would instantly bring a dynamic to the 49ers’ offense that has been sorely missing. Throw in my personal favorite under-the-radar receiver in the draft, Martavis Bryant, in the third round, and the 49ers’ receiving corps will be set for a few years.
Of course, this would make it interesting to draft for the secondary, pass rusher, defensive and offensive line, but I think the 49ers have enough talent to manage the interior for another year and can pick up players in later rounds to develop.
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