The San Francisco 49ers have always understood the importance of the NFL Draft, and they are very good at utilizing their picks. They are not that far away from putting the final puzzle piece together and winning a Super Bowl either. The biggest question is not who they are going to draft, in my opinion, but what position they value as a higher priority. The 49ers would love to add another wide receiver, and have been linked to trade up and draft one.
It sounds as if they may be open to trading up, this according to the Sacramento Bee who suggests we shouldn’t be shocked if the 49ers do attempt to move up some spots.
The 49ers’ personnel at wideout in 2014 certainly will dictate how often they turn to three-receiver formations. The upcoming draft is deep at the position, and the team’s interest in players like Jackson seems to telegraph what they will be seeking in the draft. Don’t be surprised if they trade up – like they did last season – to get the guy they want.
My biggest question is why would the 49ers trade up for a wide receiver when this could be the deepest draft class at the position in the past ten years? Could they be willing to trade up for a cornerback instead? They did lose both their starters this year via free agency. If the 49ers are on the clock and they can trade up a few spots to land a guy like Darqueze Dennard or Justin Gilbert who are considered the best in the draft, why wouldn’t they? They could then land a guy in the later rounds because of the depth? The cornerbacks are not that deep in this class and if the 49ers can somehow land a top tier corner and a mid tier wide out to line up next to Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree they could easily be on the way to their fourth straight NFC Championship game.
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