Saying the San Francisco 49ers might trade up in the 2013 NFL Draft is kind of like saying, "If you jump off a rooftop, you may experience contact with the ground."
With 13 picks heading into this year's draft, San Francisco is poised to "shake things up" like never before.
The multitude of draft picks creates a dilemma for the 49ers, its head coach Jim Harbaugh and General Manager Trent Baalke. It is a positive dilemma and creates a situation San Francisco would rather have. For starters, the 49ers have no need to utilize each one of those picks. Simply stated, there are not enough holes to fill on an already talented 49ers team.
There are some glaring needs, however. The 49ers need a safety, especially after the departure of Dashon Goldson via free agency. They also need to look for a pass-rushing replacement for the aging Justin Smith. A tight end that would fill the void left by Delanie Walker is also possible as is another wide receiver. The 49ers might also consider a cornerback as well.
These needs, along with addressing San Francisco's depth, are the only legitimate concerns the 49ers have heading into the draft. With that, the 49ers would have no interest in drafting 13 prospects. Instead, they will undoubtedly trade a portion of their picks to move up in the draft.
The question is not if they will trade up, but when and at what cost.
If the price and situation is right, San Francisco will be in contention to move up in the draft multiple times. There are a number of teams that are looking to broaden their draft depth. The 49ers have a plethora of picks. Other teams do not. Some teams have so many holes to fill, that trading away top picks for a multitude of later options would be wise.
The 49ers should take advantage of that.
If we examine the draft picks and their values, we can determine the feasibility of potential trades. Of course, all of this is speculation at best and pends various teams' needs, including contracts, salary-cap considerations and the like. While predicting exactly how any draft will happen is next to impossible, it is possible to make legitimate predictions.
Here are five potential trade scenarios that San Francisco may execute during the draft.