Pros & cons for 49ers trading down in the 2019 NFL Draft

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LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 31: General Manager John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers could stay put at No. 2 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. Or they could try trading down and acquire more draft capital. Each has its merits, and Niner Noise explores both sides of the argument.

To trade or not to trade? That is the question for the San Francisco 49ers, who currently sit with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Trading down certainly has its merits. All one needs to do is look back at what the Philadelphia Eagles gave up to the Cleveland Browns in order to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz back in 2016.

Hint: it was a lot.

General manager John Lynch’s prospects for another lucrative trade down this April are aided by the reality the 2019 NFL Draft class isn’t deep at quarterback, and there are likely going to be more QB-hungry teams in Round 1 than there are qualified signal-callers available.

That creates bidding wars for top picks. And if the top-drafting Arizona Cardinals follow speculation and end up grabbing Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the pool of available talent at the position gets even thinner.

Again, that would benefit San Francisco even more.

So, why wouldn’t a trade down be a no-brainer move for the Niners?

There are more than a few reasons why Lynch should hold fast and keep the No. 2 overall pick. First of all, just because a team wants to trade down, finding another suitor isn’t as simple as executing a trade on Madden football. It’s far more complex, obviously.

Beyond the video-game comparison, of course, the 49ers could be all the wiser for just staying put, too.

Let’s examine both sides of the argument whether or not San Francisco should trade out of the No. 2 spot.

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