The San Francisco 49ers currently hold nine draft picks in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft, but we all know Trent Baalke will do some dealing Thursday through Saturday. The 49ers will have some intriguing options available to them at No. 15, but they also could make a move one way or another to find their guy. There has been talk of potentially moving up for a guy like wide receiver Amari Cooper, but we also know a deal down could very well be in the cards.
SI NFL writer Peter King put together his second and final 2015 NFL mock draft of the offseason, and he has the 49ers making a move down. King has the 49ers working with a familiar trading partner, swapping spots with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs currently sit at No. 18, and King think a move down would net the 49ers a fourth and seventh round pick. If we are going strictly by the trade value chart, that does not seem like enough. Of course, the 49ers might have their own adjusted trade value chart in which that could work. I don't know, but I'm not sure I see the 49ers giving up the pick for this kind of haul.
Either way, King has the 49ers still ending up with a familiar face: Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead. King's first mock in early April had the 49ers drafting Marcus Peters. Here is what King had to say about the Armstead pick:
At 6-7 and 292, the feisty Armstead seems almost too good a fit for GM Trent Baalke and coach Jim Tomsula, who I hear loves Armstead (a body type like massive Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell). As long as Baalke is providing the blueprint, expect the Niners to build a strong and big defense. Armstead would be a telling first pick of the post-Harbaugh era.
If Tomsula does in fact love Armstead, it would certainly be interesting to see how his views influence Trent Baalke and the personnel department. Baalke is in charge of building this roster. Jim Harbaugh had influence on the quarterback position, but it is hard to know what else he might have pushed on. This team is now viewed by many as strictly Baalke's team. That does not mean Tomsula will not get a say, but I do wonder how much of a say. This is particularly so given that a guy like Armstead projects as a bit more of a project player.