Options for 49ers: Trade down
The one last consideration is the Niners could break down the pick and move back in the draft for more capital and to take someone else to boot.
Should another team like the look of Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett or Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, it could be happy to package up a good deal for a top 10 pick to get its man. Potential partners that make sense could be the Pittsburgh Steelers or Detroit Lions (from their No. 32 pick, they probably don’t go QB at No. 2).
Let’s say it’s the Steelers, and they move down in a trade that gives San Francisco No. 20 instead of No. 10 in the draft, who makes sense?
Well, center Alex Mack may still yet retire, and the 49ers would need to scramble for a replacement. No. 20 makes perfect sense to take Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum and plug that hole right away. Should the Niners prefer to move Daniel Brunskill there, however, they would need to invest at guard. Boston College’s Zion Johnson or Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green would be good replacements.
If San Francisco wants to fill the need at EDGE, Purdue’s George Kalafaris may be available here, and he’ll pique a lot of interest with his ability to get into the backfield. The 49ers need an EDGE who can generate pressure on his own.
And of course, Christian Watson still makes sense here at No. 20 as well. It’d be a reunion to love for Trey Lance, and it’s one of just a few things that could happen if the Niners get the No. 10 pick from the New York Jets.