NFL Rumors: 49ers looking to move up in draft?

April 25, 2014 – 8:59 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Trent Baalke

The San Francisco 49ers have 11 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, including six in the top 100. Since they are a team that doesn’t need to bring in that kind of depth, it would make sense for general manager Trent Baalke to try to move up and grab an elite talent. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that’s exactly what he’ll try to do.

Mortensen claims that Baalke is poised to make a move into the top 10, and the veteran ESPN analyst claims he is hearing the team wants to grab Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. It is well known that the Oakland Raiders (No. 5 overall) and the St. Louis Rams (No. 2 overall) are both willing to trade down in the right deal.

If the 49ers do want Evans, they’ll likely have to move into the top seven, so Oakland’s pick would be an ideal target. San Francisco’s top receiver is Michael Crabtree, and he will be headed into a contract year in 2014. Meanwhile, Anquan Boldin will turn 34 this season. Jon Baldwin is a talented young receiver, but he’s incredibly unreliable.

Evans is a hair under 6-5 and 231 pounds. He is a load at wide receiver and has good top-end speed for a guy his size. He is aggressive and knows how to go up and get the ball. He’d also give the 49ers something they don’t have as a big target on the perimeter. He will almost surely be a top 10 pick, which means San Francisco would have to package several of its top 100 selections to land him.

With a few teams looking to move down, the 49ers should be able to get the guy they want in the top 10 if they’re willing to make the necessary move.

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  1. 2 Responses to “NFL Rumors: 49ers looking to move up in draft?”

  2. I have been saying that the Raiders should do a deal with the 49ers from Day One. It makes perfect sense for both teams. Sort of like the blockbuster Dodger-Bosox trade of 2012. The Raiders need to rebound from a poor 2012 draft, but have only four picks in the first four rounds. SF has 11 alone in 2014.

    The 49ers could use a deep threat like Watkins who is also a punt/kickoff returner. Alternatively, they can land Evans with number 5. I think either of these guys give SF a slight advantage over Seattle and Arizona. They will indeed need to get inside the top 8 picks to land one of these guys.

    On the Raiders side, they are going to need more picks to guarantee at least two or three starters and/or strong back-ups with a chance to later start. Oakland should be able to get not only the 49ers first round pick, but one of their second and third round plus either a fourth or fifth this year or first round next year (or roughly a similar combination).

    A deal like this would give the Raiders a total of 10 picks this year. Consequently, even at a 20-30% success rate, the Raiders would be able to draft two or three eventual starters in 2014 plus they would have two first round picks in 2015, which provides another set of great options.

    By rob on Apr 26, 2014

  3. I would like them to move up and some how still keep their pick at 30 which will most likely not happen, but the first 3 picks should be receiver, corner, corner. A big body with speed will be just what the doctor ordered.

    By JT on Apr 26, 2014

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