The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to trade. 49ers.com reports that Trent Baalke and company have “lined up several” trade opportunities, and will potentially pounce on one of them depending on how the first round unfolds Thursday evening. With four phones available at the top of the 49ers’ chain of command–Baalke, team president Paraag Marathe, Jim Harbaugh, and Jed York, all ready to make calls when needed, the 49ers will be looking at many contingency plans all at once. There is a reason they call it the “War Room.”
So who might the 49ers trade with? A given is Baltimore. With John Harbaugh, Jim’s brother, coaching the Ravens–and with a previous trade history–it seems beyond doubt that these two teams have discussed possibilities. If, however, the 49ers are wanting to pick up a player such as wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr out of LSU or Justin Gilbert, the cornerback from Oklahoma State, they might have to trade up even higher than the Ravens’ number 17.
The 49ers would probably not want to trade with a division rival in the Rams, though they are in a spot the 49ers might covet (13). The Giants and Titans, 12 and 11 respectively, also appear to be potential trade partners. It may cost both second rounders and a first–or at least a 1, 2 and 3–but if the 49ers really want a certain player, they just might pull the trigger.
Another plan the 49ers must be considering, on however slight a chance, is trading down from number 30. With many teams wanting to re-enter the first round at the bottom to perhaps select a quarterback like Derek Carr, there almost certainly have been teams knocking. Houston, Oakland, and Minnesota are possibilities.
Then, of course, come the day two trades. The 49ers traded up to select Colin Kaepernick, remember, right after the Bengals selected Andy Dalton.
The moral of the story? There is a lot that could happen. Be prepared.