The San Francisco 49ers wasted no time in making a blockbuster trade, sending loved defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for pick No. 13 in the NFL draft.
The San Francisco 49ers are a team that will put the group above all else, even if the decision is unpopular.
It was purely a business decision. The Niners couldn’t hope to extend all of Buckner, fellow defensive tackle Arik Armstead and tight end George Kittle to deals without causing a lot of salary cap issues.
The 49ers have already made several moves for the next season. Armstead has been signed to an extremely friendly contract and safety Jimmie Ward signed on for a lot less money than he potentially could have received on the market.
Now they have a new decision to make. What to do with their shiny new toy in the No. 13 overall selection, their first of now two selections in the first round with No. 31 coming later.
As it turns out, there are a variety of directions that the team could go in with more options available than before.
No. 1: Trade the selection for draft capital
A new selection is nice, but the overlying situation for the Niners is they still have no pick until the fifth round after the first round has concluded.
No. 13 can get some excellent draft capital for San Francisco to recoup some picks. They could still get a first-round selection in return as long as the extra picks they need for a proper draft class.
Only for the right offer, however, the roster is in good enough shape that the 49ers can be flexible for this situation.