The San Francisco 49ers signed Torrey Smith earlier this offseason, but that might not be the end of their serious wide receiver additions. The team has brought in some low value options, but one rumor has them looking for something big time. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller (formerly a writer here way back in the day) is reporting he is hearing the 49ers are looking to trade up in the draft to grab Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Cooper entered the offseason viewed by many as the top receiver on the market. He had a solid Combine, but the media has since fallen in love with Kevin White. Mock drafts had White projected fairly high prior to the Combine, but he shot to the top of most boards after a big Combine performance.
Cooper has been projected as high as No. 7 to the Chicago Bears. The Oakland Raiders could very easily pick a wide receiver, but most people see them drafting Kevin White. If they went with White, the 49ers would potentially need to climb as high as No. 5 or No. 6 to get Cooper. I have seen plenty of mock drafts that have the Bears going with something other than wide receiver, but if the 49ers really want Cooper, they might have to climb pretty high.
If the 49ers were looking to move from No. 15 to No. 6, the trade value chart shows it would be fairly pricey. The trade value chart is not the final word on trades, but without being inside Trent Baalke's head, we are left to speculate. According to the chart, No. 6 is worth 1,600 points, and the 49ers No. 15 pick is worth 1,050. To get up closer to 1,600, a package of the 49ers second, fourth and fifth might be enough. That would get them up to 1,567 points.
And of course, these are just rumors for now. Cooper is a guy who will likely go top ten anyway, so I'm not sure what would be gained by having people think the team is looking to move up. But maybe they have another strategy in mind. Either way, it is interesting to at least consider. The 49ers may be looking to build up a strong rushing attack, but with Anquan Boldin due to hit free agency after 2015, the wide receiver depth chart is slim after this year. And oh yea, Cooper has a ton of talent and could do big things with Colin Kaepernick.