This is more for your general informational than anything else, but it is a useful page to potentially bookmark as we move towards the 2011 NFL Draft. Here are the 49ers' current 2011 draft picks. I'm posting it now because the Jets-Steelers game actually impacted the seventh round draft choice the 49ers acquired from Detroit for Shaun Hill.
|4||18||TBD||From San Diego in draft day trade last year|
|6||25||TBD||From Seattle for Kentwan Balmer
|7||30||TBD||From Detroit for Shaun Hill (Jets originally)
The 49ers will also potentially end up with a compensatory pick in the upcoming draft. Maiocco discussed this a couple weeks ago and had this to say:
By my calculations, the 49ers might get an additional seventh-round pick based on free-agent losses of receiver Arnaz Battle (Pittsburgh) and tackle Tony Pashos (Cleveland) and just one gain, quarterback David Carr.
Although the 49ers cannot deal players for picks at this point, a trade is certainly a possibility. If the right player isn't going to be available at No. 7 it's entirely possible the team could attempt to move up or down with picks. As we move along this offseason I'll probably ask this question every couple of weeks, potentially picking up steam as we get closer to the draft and more information becomes available.
Although we'll be discussing the entire draft over the coming three months, the first round is where people are quick to focus. We've begun some discussion on that pick and it will only continue in the coming months. Predictions right now probably have little value three months from now since so much can and will change, particularly as free agency does or does not play out. However, it will be interesting to see how opinions change or stay the same when April comes around.