This week may be a very noteworthy one for Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers franchise. With the 2013 NFL draft at our doorstep, this is the team’s chance to add the final components to a championship-winning team.
Moreover, it is the first draft as the team moves forward into the Colin Kaepernick era. It will be enticing to see how the thinking changes when it comes to building around their new quarterback.
In an unbelievably advantageous position, the reigning NFC champions withhold a league-high 13 draft picks, which almost immediately indicates a trade up. Especially given the density of this roster, the 49ers are on the prowl for quality, not quantity.
Fortunately, GM Trent Baalke has the flexibility to do a lot of different things.
Earlier this week, the 49ers were rumored to trade up as high as No. 13 (Jets) or No. 14 (Panthers) overall, per Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. This is a report that could potentially materialize this evening.
With position flexibility and capital, the Niners are lined up to win this draft.
In a final attempt to predict the 49ers draft plans in 2013, we release a closing seven-round mock draft complete with trades. It is specific to the team’s draft philosophy, while also considering their needs and available picks.
The San Francisco 49ers are on the clock…