Imagine for a moment that you are the crafty general manager of one of the best teams in the National Football League.
Your team is already loaded with talent, and you have only a handful of positions to address in the upcoming NFL draft. Fortunately, those positions feature a draft class that is deep—very deep in fact.
On top of that, you have way more draft picks than you know what to do with, which gives you the ability to do almost anything you wanted en route to making big splashes on draft day.
Sounds like an enviable situation doesn't it?
This is exactly the position that San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke finds himself in heading towards the 2014 NFL draft.
Fans and pundits already know this 49ers team is laden with talent. They also know that Baalke has developed a reputation for stockpiling draft picks.
The result for 2014—11 total picks per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.
San Francisco has relatively few needs. In the humble opinion of this author, the top two needs are for a cornerback and a wide receiver. Additionally, the 49ers could look to add depth along the defensive front, grab a late-round quarterback to compete for the No. 3 job and perhaps add some role and developmental players as necessary.
With so many picks and relatively few needs, Baalke and the 49ers are in a unique position.
They have the luxury to be aggressive if they so choose—perhaps electing to execute a trade-up in the first round, like they did last year to acquire safety Eric Reid. The number of picks the team has makes it possible for the 49ers to perform similar moves throughout the draft as well.
Or San Francisco could be patient with its picks, counting on the fact that this year's draft class is very deep, and the team could elect to draft multiple prospects at each position of need—banking on the hope that it strikes gold with at least one of its positional selections.
Even still, the 49ers could elect to send off some of their picks this year in exchange for picks in 2015—a year when free agency could hurt the delicate salary-cap situation San Francisco finds itself in. That year's draft class may not be as deep, which also could affect Baalke's decision process.
All of these are possibilities for the 49ers in the upcoming draft and we cannot rule out any of them entirely. It is a position of strength for San Francisco and one that the team's brass hopes to utilize to the best possible extent.
In this slideshow, we shall take a look at the five best trade scenarios that the team could make come the draft. To do this, we assume that the 49ers will make trades and not simply sit on their 11 picks.
To determine the value of draft picks, we shall refer to Walter Football's draft value chart, which assigns a point value to each pick throughout the draft—the first-overall pick being the highest value and the last pick being the lowest.
Not all of these moves will be executed. In fact, none of them are a sure thing.
Still, we have to consider that San Francisco is in a powerful position, and we might as well bounce a few ideas off of the proverbial draft wall in order to predict what Baalke wants to do.
Let's have a look.