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2016 NFL mock draft: Would a 49ers trade down make the most sense?

Mock draft season does not focus on trades, but could that be what the 49ers end up doing?

The San Francisco 49ers have the seventh pick of the first round in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, and that coupled with as many as 11 other picks means there is a good chance they will be doing some wheeling and dealing over the three days.

In his latest 2016 NFL mock draft, SB Nation's Dan Kadar put together a look at one pick for each team, and then two "other options" for the pick. It's easier to pick specific players at the top of the draft board, but the potential for trades and free agency impact will certainly shake up the top of the board.

For the 49ers, Kadar went with Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell as his first pick. His "other options" included Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, and trading down. In Dan's mock, Stanley went a pick earlier, but obviously some shake-up could drop Stanley to the 49ers. Treadwell on the other hand has become a fairly popular pick for the 49ers.

The trade down scenario is where things could get interesting. It is nearly impossible to predict a draft-day trade, but it is entirely realistic to think the 49ers could make such a deal. There are a lot of options at the seventh pick, but a modest move back could help the 49ers load up on some day two picks. Hitting on the first round pick is important, but having multiple options in the second and third rounds can be critical in its own right.

I don't see the 49ers doing a ton of dealing for 2017 picks given that Trent Baalke is likely on the hot seat this year. That's not to say they won't make any deals for future picks, but I think they are looking for more significant immediate impact this year. And for those wondering, the 49ers 2017 draft picks include their seven, plus a fifth (Derek Carrier trade), sixth (Vernon Davis trade) and seventh (Andy Lee trade).