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2016 NFL mock draft: What happens if both quarterbacks are gone when 49ers pick?

If a team trades up and takes a quarterback before the 49ers can, what happens in the NFL Draft?

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It's Monday, which means SB Nation's Dan Kadar posted his latest mock draft, this one as free agency is essentially wrapping up. The San Francisco 49ers hold 12 picks in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft and 10 picks for the following year. Despite whatever general manager Trent Baalke says, the team is in a complete rebuild and the draft is as crucial as ever.

Last week's mock had the 49ers selecting North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 7 overall pick, but Kadar has done things a little differently this time around. Most mock drafts don't include trades for various reasons, but this one mixed it up a bit this time around and threw some trading in.

If you happened to be a fan of the Wentz pick at No. 7 -- I personally would be, I love his style -- then you're going to be disappointed with this latest mock. He has the NFC West rival Los Angeles Rams trading up to pick No. 6 and taking Wentz before the 49ers even get a chance.

Excuse me for not buying into the Case Keenum hype the Rams are pushing this offseason. With two second-round picks and the 15th overall selection, Los Angeles has the ammunition to move up and land a quarterback like Wentz. The idea of getting the quarterback of the future in the team's first year back in LA while being on Hard Knocks is such a storybook thing.

As a result, the 49ers are left thinking defense at No. 7. Rather than another trade, Kadar has the 49ers going with Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, a player that Kadar says is "arguably the best player in the draft at this point."

It's worth noting that Kadar does think a quarterback should be the top priority, but with Wentz gone at No. 6 and Jared Goff of Cal going to the Cleveland Browns. Of course, he couldn't complete the mock without mentioning the Chip Kelly and Oregon connection which seems to be, you know, a popular thing to talk about when it comes to Kelly.

With the two top quarterbacks gone, the 49ers would obviously have to go in a different direction in the first round. San Francisco needs to bolster the talent on the team, on both sides of the ball. Buckner is arguably the best player in the draft at this point and could be a staple up front for the 49ers across from former college teammate Arik Armstead. Oh, and the Chip Kelly/Oregon connection is too good to pass up.

I'm not sure how I feel about this pick. The 49ers do need to figure out what's happening with their defensive line, but I don't think spending the No. 7 pick on one is the way to go right now. Not with both Ian Williams and Quinton Dial re-signed and Arik Armstead still needing to develop.