2011 NFL Draft: Should the 49ers Trade with the Redskins Back to 10th Overall?

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2011 NFL Draft: Should the 49ers Trade with the Redskins Back to 10th Overall?
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Last week, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee tweeted on speculation of a scenario in which the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins could switch first-round picks.

Most of the Niner Faithful have expressed disinterest in a trade down, however, if this scenario were to play out, moving to 10th would actually be a logical decision.

Barrows then made a mock draft mapping out this trade and how it shakes up the first round.

The draft has played out without Von Miller or Patrick Peterson, the two most desirable prospects for the Niners, on the board.

However, potential other players who may be under consideration, Blaine Gabbert, Robert Quinn and Prince Amukamara, are on the board.

No one knows what Jim Harbaugh or Trent Baalke's board looks like, but if they are not sold on Gabbert than this trade with Washington is very possible.

Mike Shanahan might feel the need to jump Tennessee if they want to net Gabbert so this swap makes sense for Washington as well.

In trading down, Shanahan gets his young, mobile quarterback who has drawn some similarities to John Elway by scouts and experts.

Unless the 49ers have Quinn, Amukamara or perhaps a player like Cam Jordan rated extremely high and feel will not be available at 10, it is almost impossible for San Francisco not to walk out with a quality starter.

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Though most readers do not like the idea of trading out of seven, with the two most desired prospects off the board, and a good chance at selecting the same player at 10 as they would at seven, this is a great opportunity to add even more picks.

Whether it would be using some of these picks to trade back into the first round for a quarterback like Andy Dalton, Ryan Mallett or Christian Ponder or just bolstering the roster, more picks is 10 times out of 10 a good thing.

Another idea would be trading some of these picks for a 2012 first-rounder so when Andrew Luck and the well-scouted quarterback class is available, they have more trade-up ammunition.

Though most of the Faithful will be hoping for Peterson or Von to drop, this scenario could be more beneficiary in the long-run if by using these picks Luck or another franchise quarterback is selected.

 

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