(This is the last of a three part series)
The third and final team that could be in play for a draft day trade with the 49ers are the Baltimore Ravens, who hold the 17th overall pick.
This theory isn’t new, as back in April, CSNBayArea.com writer Matt Maiocco reported that the 49ers were interested in swapping picks with Baltimore to move to 17.
The idea behind this trade is that the 49ers are interested in drafting a cornerback or wide receiver, including Oregon’s Brandin Cooks. By the 17th pick, Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, and Odell Beckham Jr., could all be off the board, leaving Cooks as the next best available wide receiver.
A trade with the 49ers and Ravens would all be based on the following key factors:
1- The New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers pass on Cooks at picks 12 and 15
2- The New York Jets don’t make a trade to move up into the 11-14 range (ahead of New York and Pittsburgh) to select Cooks
3- The Philadelphia Eagles don’t trade up ahead of the Jets who Cooks believes are very interested in him
4- The Baltimore Ravens themselves aren’t interested in selecting Cooks at 17
If a number of these scenarios fall into place, and Brandin Cooks is available at 17, and the Ravens would rather trade back to select a different receiver like Indian’s Cody Latimer, then the 49ers could be in position to pull a trade with Baltimore.
Cooks, who had the second fastest 40-yard dash at the Combine at 4.33 seconds, has the kind of explosiveness that could wreck defenses while playing a three receiver set.
A 49er offense that includes Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree on the outside, Vernon Davis running fly routes up the middle, Cooks in the slot, Frank Gore out of the backfield, and the running threat of quarterback Colin Kaepernick might be a little much for a defense to handle and could give the 49ers the edge over the Seattle Seahawks.