Armed with two first-round picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers can shake things up with one of these five trade scenarios on draft day.
There’s still a longstanding thought the San Francisco 49ers will try trading down out of their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Especially considering general manager John Lynch isn’t currently slated to pick again until Round 5.
Barring the completely crazy, the Niners need to add capital and not part ways with it. So one can almost automatically rule out the possibility of a trade-up.
Yet the situation changed drastically when San Francisco traded 2018 Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick. Just like that, the slew of possibilities opened up for Lynch and Co., including everything from grabbing the best wide receiver available at No. 13, still trading down from No. 31, replacing Buckner with a top defensive talent, trading down from both first-round picks or any combination thereof.
Needless to say, things just got a lot more interesting from the 49ers’ vantage point.
There’s also going to be some benefit for the situation the Niners find themselves in. Three teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans and Chicago Bears, don’t have first-round picks. And with a limited arsenal of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft class, other squad could end up calling Lynch for one of his two first rounders, too.
Remember, trades have to benefit both teams (unless you’re head coach Bill O’Brien of the Texans), so let’s not get too carried away here. Instead, using a trusty draft-pick value trade chart, Niner Noise breaks down five draft-day trades which would benefit San Francisco.