Trade No. 2: 49ers trade up from No. 61 overall
As things stand now, San Francisco isn’t poised to select until all the way towards the end of Round 2 at No. 61 overall.
Sure, there’ll likely be a handful of Round 1-caliber players potentially in the mix at that spot. But it’s safe to say the 49ers aren’t guaranteed a plug-and-play starter with that selection, and a number of draft-day favorites could be long gone by the time John Lynch hears his team’s number called for the first time.
Players like Baylor defensive back Jalen Pitre, Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks, Minnesota EDGE Boye Mafe and others, potentially on the Niners’ radar, have routinely been mocked to other teams long before pick No. 61.
In a similar theme as a would-be Dolphins trade, what if San Francisco traded up in Round 2?
While not as extreme as the Dolphins, the rebuilding Chicago Bears are also short on draft picks, boasting three in the top 100 but only six overall. In need of supporting quarterback Justin Fields with better offensive line protection and more receiving weaponry, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Chicago try accruing more draft capital.
Moving up from No. 61 overall would net the 49ers the No. 48 overall pick at the cost of their own selections in Rounds 3 and 5.
But remember, the Niners need to focus on quality, not the quantity of players in this year’s NFL Draft.