With the NFL Draft less than a week away, trade rumors surrounding the San Francisco 49ers have started the swirl.
The latest being that the Niners and Ravens could possibly be eyeing a swap of 1st round picks, giving San Francisco the 17th overall pick, and Baltimore the 30th pick.
The idea behind the trade is that the 49ers are interested in drafting one of the top four wide receivers not named Sammy Watkins; the list includes Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., USC’s Marqise Lee and Oregon’s Brandin Cooks.
Beckham’s stock has sored within the last couple of days, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. In their latest mock draft, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay placed Beckham in the top 15, and in Kiper’s case, the top 10.
As many as five receivers could be selected within the top 15 picks: Watkins, Evans, Lee, Cooks and Beckham.
Even if somehow Watkins were to fall past the top 5, there’s almost no way conceivable he or Evans make it out of the top 10 past teams like Tampa, Minnesota and Buffalo.
Beckham, Cooks, and Lee might not make it past Detroit (10), Tennessee (11), the NY Giants (12), St. Louis (13) and Pittsburgh (15) .
Realistically, the idea that the 49ers are moving up 13 spots to draft a WR could be wishful thinking unless Cooks or Lee fall past teams that will at some point, select a receiver in the draft.
If the 49ers do pull a trade, expect it to be done the day of the draft, much in the same fashion as they pulled with Dallas when they moved up to select Eric Reid last season.
If Cooks or Lee fall past Pittsburgh at 15, then the 49ers could be knocking on the Baltimore’s door for a trade to land one of the top receivers in the 2014 draft class.