2011 NFL Mock Draft: A Possible Scenario Where the 49ers May Look to Trade Down
Most of the recent mock drafts have been seeing the San Francisco 49ers taking either LSU corner Patrick Peterson or Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert.
Texas A&M OLB Von Miller and several other defensive lineman make rare appearances at number seven as well.
Any projected top ten talent could have a tremendously positive impact for San Francisco as they look to build a strong first year in the new Jim Harbaugh era.
However, if Peterson, Gabbert, and Miller were all off of the board by the time the Niners were on the clock and they do not feel comfortable with any of the defensive linemen on the board, is a trade possible?
If a new CBA is signed by April 28, there will likely be a rookie salary scale.
With a rookie wage scale, trading down should be easier because rookies will not be making the Sam Bradford money anymore.
Any team looking at either Robert Quinn or Prince Amukamara would be potential suitors for this trade.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers make sense because either of these players would fill one of their more significant needs.
The trade down would provide even more picks to add to the ten San Francisco holds.
Could Trading Down Be More Productive for the 49ers?
For the Bucs to trade up their 20th pick plus a third and fourth rounder could be enough for them to land the seventh pick.
Some fans might be looking for more out of a trade because any pick in the top ten holds a lot of value.
Maybe a first and second could be received in return.
As far as possible picks go, Iowa's defensive end Adrian Clayborn has been regarded by some scouts as the best 3-4 end in the class.
Clayborn is a player I have always held in high regard as a prospect because of his use of his hands to shed blocks.
He could replace Isaac Sopoaga, though Clayborn is not really a consistent pass-rusher, so this may keep the Niners from selecting him pending a trade back.
Colorado's Jimmy Smith would fill the need at corner, so if the team likes him over Amukamara they could nab their guy while adding some extra picks.
Smith has great size for a corner, however if San Francisco were to take a corner outside of Peterson, I like Ras-I Dowling in the second or maybe even the third round.
The 49ers will have many options in the draft, and a trade down is one.
There is a lot of talent in the top ten, but the Niners will probably stay in the seventh spot.
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