Even after making trades that brought in Anquan Boldin and Colt McCoy, the San Francisco 49ers have 13 picks in the upcoming draft with seven of them in the first four rounds.
The only other team with a better situation in terms of draft picks early in the draft is the Miami Dolphins, who possess five of the first 82 picks.
According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, those two teams are in prime position to move up in the first round and shake up the draft. Jeremiah said of the 49ers:
Despite some key losses in free agency, they still possess one of the most talented rosters in the NFL. ... There is no way (13) rookies will be able to make this roster. It makes sense for general manager Trent Baalke and Co. to either trade a few of this year's picks for future selections or aggressively package some picks and move up for an impact player.
This makes a lot of sense. San Francisco's roster boasts talent from the top down. While it did lose some valuable members on the defensive side of the ball, it brought in Glenn Dorsey, Nnamdi Asomugha and Craig Dahl as possible veteran replacements.
The only player of that group that San Francisco simply cannot rely on as a starter in 2013 is Dahl, who would be a major downgrade from Dashon Goldson. As it relates to Asomugha, San Francisco retained its top four cornerbacks, and the veteran signed a non-guaranteed deal. In reality, the 49ers aren't in a position to have to rely on him.
Kenny Vaccaro would be the obvious choice for San Francisco to target in a trade-up scenario. He is the consensus No. 1 overall safety in the class and fits the bill as a cover guy next to Donte Whitner. You can rest assured that the 49ers will pay close attention to see how the board plays out in the top 10.
Jeremiah also discussed the aforementioned Dolphins as a team that could look to trade up:
Miami has been one of the most aggressive teams during the offseason. Clearly, the main focus is upgrading the talent around young quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins brought in Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson and Dustin Keller. However, they failed to re-sign Jake Long, their starting left tackle. There are three top-tier LT prospects in this draft: Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson. I don't see any of the three dropping to the Dolphins at No. 12.
Jeremiah is 100 percent correct here and might even be playing it a bit conservative. I have the top three tackles going within the first five picks later this month. Even if that doesn't happen, I don't see a single one of them getting past the Arizona Cardinals at No. 7 or San Diego Chargers at No. 11.
This means general manager Jeff Ireland will have to be proactive when it comes to making a move up the draft board. The good news here is Miami possesses five picks in the first three rounds and might trade up in a buyer's market.
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