ESPN's Chris Mortensen was on TV earlier today talking about the 2014 NFL Draft, and he had some hot takes about the 49ers plans in two weeks. Our man Nick Chiamardas tweeted that Mort said the 49ers would be aggressive. Rotoworld's Evan Silva tweeted the following:
Chris Mortensen said he's heard "more than twice" #49ers could be "ready to do something big" & #Raiders are "open for business" at No. 5.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 25, 2014
ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggested Mike Evans as a trade-up target for #49ers. Mort hearing Niners "could be very aggressive in this draft."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) April 25, 2014
I don't think there's anything remotely surprising about the notion that the 49ers might get aggressive in this year's draft. They've got 11 picks, six of which are in the first three rounds. They have needs, but few that are immediately pressing. That means the team can be incredibly flexible with their picks and how they maneuver.
They can do a lot of different things with their picks, but the inference created by Mortensen's report is that the 49ers are looking to make a big splash in the first round. I expect the 49ers to be aggressive throughout the draft, but if they have a guy in mind in the first round, they have the assets to move just about anywhere in the first round. Mort seems to infer they could try and climb as high as No. 5, and while I don't know that Baalke & Co. would spend their assets like this, nothing is out of the realm of the possible.
We got a little bored with this on Twitter, and it resulted in some off-the-wall amusement. Feel free to post your most ridiculous rumor:
@Tre9er @NinersNation @BigSwinginNick 49ers getting Clowney. Book it.— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 25, 2014
@Tre9er @NinersNation @BigSwinginNick They're going to draft Clowney and convert him to tight end.— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 25, 2014
@BASportsGuy @Tre9er @BigSwinginNick He’ll also return kicks and punts— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) April 25, 2014
@NinersNation @Tre9er @BigSwinginNick He'll also take over kickoff duties from Dawson, per "sources"— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 25, 2014
@BASportsGuy @NinersNation @BigSwinginNick Sammy Watkins at 5-technique is a real thing, too. They like his speed to get to the QB— Tre9er (@Tre9er) April 25, 2014
@BASportsGuy @NinersNation @Tre9er @BigSwinginNick Trading up to get Manizel. Kap to take over for Gore. #RumorMill— Brëtt Miröki (@JocoGent) April 25, 2014
@Tre9er @NinersNation @BigSwinginNick Drafting Manziel would give them an all-pro center for the next decade.— Bay Area Sports Guy (@BASportsGuy) April 25, 2014