A Julio Jones Style Tradeup isn't that outrageous
We all remember the Julio Jones trade of the 2011 NFL draft: the Atlanta Falcons traded picks 27, 59, 124 and their 2012 1st and 4th round picks to the Cleveland Browns to draft Alabama WR Julio Jones.
In retrospect, it was a win for the Falcons: They got an all-pro wide receiver. In draft value chart parlance, the Falcons traded about 1,400 worth of draft points for a 1,600 point pick -- that's using standard future-years discounting of picks. In other words, it was a 14% discount on points to get Julio Jones.
so, what would the 49ers need to do in order to pull off a similar move for, say, Sammy Watkins if he's there at #6? The good news is that no future picks would need to be traded away. Again, assuming the same 14% discount, we're looking at our first rounder, both second rounders, and our own third rounder. We would still have the 3rd we received from the Titans, our 3rd round comp, and all our picks in rounds 4-7. Now, if we needed to execute an even trade, we would also have to throw in #77 from TEN and maybe a 2015 5th or something.
Its not crazy, so get over it. If you get an all-pro player with a move like this, its totally worth it.