Should the San Francisco 49ers stay put or trade up?

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The San Francisco 49ers have 11 picks in the NFL Draft, but no picks in Round 1 or Round 2. Should the team go for value or target specific positions?

With the NFL Draft under a month away, the San Francisco 49ers face a decision as they have 11 picks but none in the first two rounds and only one (No. 99) in the top 100 selections.

The 49ers have one of the best rosters in the NFL and the starters are more or less locked in for 2023, but both depth and future starters will be on the agenda as the team looks to retool its roster.

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There’s a few positions that the 49ers could look at. The offensive line and secondary are obvious areas that could be upgraded, and the team will be looking to take advantage of the stacked tight end class by finally finding a long-term solution to pair with George Kittle.

In short, standing pat and attacking the positions of need would be a safe and likely popular plan for the draft.

In saying that, there’s something to be said to taking the aggressive approach and taking a player that the team loves after moving up. While trading in general seems to favor the team moving down rather than moving up, there’s something to be said for being aggressive when you don’t need the picks.

While the odds of moving into the first round are slim to none, Day 2 provides interesting possibilities. They could package some of their picks at the end of the third round to move higher into Day 2, or they can package some of their picks for Day 3 to trade back into the third round proper. All bets are off there.

We know the 49ers have met with some players that will be chosen arguably in the top 50 selections such as Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents and Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta so we can’t rule out that the team is considering exactly this plan. Ultimately, it’s up to them to determine if the price is right to do so.

Either path makes sense for San Francisco. While the team doesn’t have a first-round pick to excite fans, what it chooses to do on Day 2 will arguably be the most entertaining time come draft weekend.

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