3 scenarios where 49ers trade up in 2022 NFL Draft

Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Derek Stingley Jr. #7 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa Hawkeyes
Offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum #65 of the Iowa Hawkeyes (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images) /

49ers Trade Scenario No. 2

Why it works

As we know from the chart, the 49ers’ picks are worth 420 points plus the value of an above-average quarterback. The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a value of 850 points for No. 20 and 170 points for No. 84 for a value of 1,020 points.

Not quite the 1,250 points of the Commanders and No. 11, but trading is an inexact science, remember.

Much of the same logic for the Commanders applies to the Steelers as well. They have a talented roster that just needs a good quarterback at the helm. They have a tougher division than Washington, but they wouldn’t be giving up as much.

San Francisco doesn’t get a super high pick, but it does get the advantage of essentially trading up in the third round as well.

Potential targets for 49ers

The draft is big on cornerbacks, which could mean teams picking higher might choose to look at other positions. The odds of Derek Stingley from LSU, Ahmad Gardner from Cincinnati or Trent McDuffie from Washington falling here isn’t likely but not impossible either and would be an absolute dream scenario for the 49ers.

If they don’t, the team could look at the aforementioned Jalen Pitre as well.

The Niners could also look to bolster the interior offensive line with Zion Johnson or Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum, safe prospects to plug into the offensive line.