The San Francisco 49ers may stay put at No. 2 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Or, just as possible, they could trade down with these prospective trade partners.
The San Francisco 49ers are in an excellent position heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.
While a 4-12 record in 2018 is disappointing, it at least netted general manager John Lynch the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft. And in a class laden with quality pass-rushers, the Niners’ top need this offseason, Lynch will essentially have his choice of any eligible prospect not taken by the top-drafting Arizona Cardinals.
Or, just as possibly, Lynch takes advantage of other teams looking to move up to No. 2.
It’s not totally unlike what Lynch did during his inaugural draft back in 2017, moving from the No. 2 overall pick down to No. 3 in a trade with the Chicago Bears. San Francisco grabbed defensive end Solomon Thomas and additional picks, of course, while the Bears got their quarterback of the future in Mitchell Trubisky.
This year, things could get even crazier.
Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins just declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft, and he’ll likely be the first signal-caller taken this April. Unlike last year, 2019 isn’t exactly going to be a quarterback-heavy draft class, meaning there’s going to be a premium on Haskins’ services. And considering the success teams like the Kansas City Chiefs had by trading up for their quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see some other QB-hungry team aggressively trying to strike a deal with one of the top-drafting teams.
Including San Francisco.
Here are five possible trade partners the Niners may court this April.