The San Francisco 49ers have long been rumored to be looking to trade up in the 2014 NFL Draft. The 49ers have been linked to Baltimore at the No. 17 pick, Oakland at the No. 5 selection and everywhere in between.
With 11 picks to their name and few gaping holes to fill, it would certainly be logical for the 49ers to trade up. Whom would they trade with, and what would they trade for? The answers to these questions will greatly alter San Francisco’s draft strategy.
With that in mind, let’s look at five possible trade scenarios for San Francisco, ordered from biggest to smallest jumps. We’ll analyze what they’d have to trade to move up there, who they would be leapfrogging by making the move and which players would be available to pick at that point.
As for which trade is best, that depends on your point of view. Trading up into the top five mortgages the future, but receives the best player in return. Moving three or four slots up doesn’t provide as many options for the team to draft, but can be done at a reasonable price.
Let’s take a look, starting with some moves into the top 10.