5 NFL Draft Prospects the San Francisco 49ers Could Trade Up for

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5 NFL Draft Prospects the San Francisco 49ers Could Trade Up for
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General manager Trent Baalke and Co. aren't shy about swapping a pick or two on draft day.

As recently as the 2011 NFL draft, the 49ers exchanged draft picks on three different occasions, making deals with the Broncos, Jaguars and Packers.

In 2010—Baalke's first year in control of the draft room—he swapped pick No.13 and gave up a fourth-round selection to slide up just two spots and nab right tackle Anthony Davis in the first round.

Some may question whether Davis was worthy of such an early selection, but it was another draft-day trade in which Baalke pulled the trigger on that should long be remembered in 49ers' draft history.

San Francisco was equipped with the 79th pick in the third round of the 2010 draft, and Baalke had the itch to make another move. Instead of sacrificing another late round pick to move up, San Francisco exchanged their third rounder for San Diego's 91st pick (also third round), in addition to the Chargers' fourth-round selection in 2011 as well.

Wondering who the 49ers would choose with the newly acquired 91st pick?

That would be All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman. San Fran could've easily scooped up Bowman with the 79th pick in the draft, but there was a feeling he'd still be available later that round--a gamble that is already paying dividends for the Niners' tenacious D.

And the 2011 fourth-round selection received in addition to the pick used on Bowman?

Baalke and the boys spent that one on running back Kendall Hunter. Yet another job well done.

Starting to pick up on a trend here? After just two years in control of the 49ers draft room, Baalke has now manipulated the NFL Draft on both occasions with precise accuracy—sacrificing picks when necessary and replenishing them in the later rounds if the opportunity arises.

So what surprises might be stored away inside the 49ers draft room for this April?

The next five slides will provide you with an in-depth look on a handful of prospects the 49ers should highly consider trading up for when draft day arrives.

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