49ers NFL Draft rumor: No trading into Round 1?
The Niners are without a first-round pick, at least currently, in this year’s NFL Draft after using that pick as part of last year’s trade-up package for quarterback Trey Lance.
Of note, general manager John Lynch hasn’t been shy about engineering draft-day trades, including ones to move back up into Round 1. Case in point, San Francisco traded up from Round 2 to get to No. 31 overall back in 2017 to land linebacker Reuben Foster.
However, given the 49ers aren’t poised to select until the very end of Round 2, No. 61 overall, it would take a pretty hefty package to get back into the first round.
Judging by Lynch’s comments at his pre-draft press conference, it doesn’t sound as if the Niners are planning on being too active on day one (Round 1) of the draft:
"I think you also have to take into account when you look at our roster we’re already at 76, 77, 78 people, right around there, in terms of what we have right now, there’s not a ton of holes as we see it, needs. And so that gives you the flexibility to go up when you really like a player. And so that’s something we haven’t hesitated to do in the past and I think it’s going to be different. It’s going to be a little boring on day one. We’re not used to that."
Being “a little boring on day one” probably says everything one needs to know about what Lynch and Co. do on Thursday night.
Granted, if Deebo Samuel is traded, that could change things in a minute.