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49ers: Possible trade partner to land Justin Gilbert

(This is the first of a three part series)

We are less than 20 hours until the 2014 NFL Draft and the excitement has been building for months.

Who will go first overall? Where will Johnny Football end up? How about the four elite offensive tackles this draft has to offer? For the San Francisco 49ers, the real question is, how far up will they trade and for whom?

Looking at the draft board, it appears the 49ers have three viable teams in play for draft day trades.

The first is the Tennessee Titans, who hold the 11th overall pick.

The Titans have several needs including linebacker, cornerback, and quarterback. Tennessee declined to pickup the 5th-year option on QB Jake Locker, making him a free agent after the season.

An offer that would include their first round pick, a second and a third to the Titans to move up to the 11th spot sounds reasonable enough if the 49ers are targeting a shutdown corner like Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, who many scouts argue might be the best corner in the draft.

After the departures of Carlos Rogers and Tarrell Brown and with Chris Culliver having missed the entire 2013 season to a torn ACL, the 49ers are a little thin on the cornerback depth chart.

Gilbert eases the pressure on Culliver’s return and allows for guys like Perrish Cox and Eric Wright to solidify the nickel and dime cornerback positions.

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