The 49ers have a boatload of draft picks this year, but the safe bet is the team won’t keep all of them. GM Trent Baalke has traded picks to move and up down in the draft in years past, and you could see the 49ers doing both once the draft begins on Thursday.
But are the 49ers trying to move up in the first round from their first selection at 31st overall? Multiple reports have indicated that the team is indeed looking to do just that in hopes bolstering their defense:
Increasing chatter of SF coming up into top 15. 49ers looking to strengthen an already tough defense.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2013
The 49ers could potentially address depth on the defensive line, which became a problem for the team when players became banged up last season, and maybe find Justin Smith’s eventual successor. Or they could make a move to swoop Kenny Vaccaro, who would fill their glaring hole at free safety.
Some potential D-lineman the 49ers might be eying include Sheldon Richardson, Star Lotulelei, Tank Carradine, all of whom are projected a mid-first-round picks, or even Sharrif Floyd, who is viewed as a likely top five pick and has been a potential target for the Raiders.
If the Niners do actually decide to make a jump in the first round, it’s definitely going to cost them their own pick at No. 31 and some combination of their other picks. Matt Maiocco speculates:
Using a model chart similar to what most NFL teams use, the 49ers could move up to No. 13 in a trade with the New York Jets for their picks at Nos. 31 and 34.
Or, if the 49ers do not want to part ways with their pick at No. 34, acquired in the Alex Smith trade to Kansas City, the 49ers can give up No. 31, their later second-round pick (No. 61), third round (No. 74) and fourth round (No. 128).
If the 49ers just wanted to move up to No. 20, for instance, in a trade with the Chicago Bears, the price would be their selection at No. 31, along with picks in the third (No. 74) and fifth rounds (No. 157).