No. 2: Trade down in the NFL Draft
Why this makes sense
To really answer this, we need to look at the three teams currently picking ahead of the 49ers.
That’s the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. Two of these teams (the Cardinals and Jets) are currently grooming first-round rookie quarterbacks, while the Raiders are set at the position… at least for now. Who knows what happens with Derek Carr, though.
This means there is no chance the top quarterbacks will be off the board, unless the teams ahead choose to trade down, which pushes one of the blue-chip defensive prospects to the 49ers (as alluded to in slide No. 5).
No draft lacks teams desperate for quarterbacks. The Niners could find a suitor desperate to move up to have their pick of the signal-callers, and the offer could be too good to refuse for a San Francisco team that has only five picks in this draft.
Why it may not happen
As hinted above, the teams above the 49ers could also do this, which would be to the benefit of San Francisco. It is the opinion of this writer that Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams are by far the best picks of the entire draft.
If two of the three teams ahead trade to quarterback-needy teams, or even if one team trades and a second team picks a different player, this guarantees one of those prospects.
Of course the 49ers may not have the same opinion, but the same idea could still apply. There may be a prospect the Niners simply don’t want to pass up.