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2018 NFL mock draft: 4 rounds of fury, but imagine the trade possibilities

It’s time for another weekend of college football. We have a mock draft to give us some viewing perspective.

The 2017 college football season is coming down the home stretch, and while we only have one huge ranked vs. ranked matchup, this weekend still provides some fun games to watch. We get two big rivalry matchups on the West Coast, with Cal and Stanford squaring off in the big game, and USC hosting UCLA. This will serve as our open thread for today’s college action.

For this week, we’re back with a look at Draft Wire’s impressive four-round NFL mock draft. The 49ers have their own first and third round picks, but traded away their second and fourth round picks. They hold the New Orleans Saints second round pick and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fourth round pick. Here are the picks made, with the opponent they are facing this weekend (all times PT).

1(2). Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State (vs. Nebraska, 1:00 p.m., FS1)
2(60). Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis (vs. SMU, 9:00 a.m., ESPNN)
3(66). Billy Price, OL, Ohio State (vs. Illinois, 12:30 p.m., ABC)
3(74). D.J. Reed, CB, Kansas State (@ No. 13 Oklahoma State, 12:30 p.m., ESPN2)
4(127). Tyquan Lewis, EDGE, Ohio State (vs. Illinois, 12:30 p.m., ABC)

The 49ers have a lot of ways they can go with their early picks. One of the downsides to most mock drafts is we don’t see trade possibilities. Projecting trades is a shot in the dark in a lot of ways because aside from figuring out the 49ers needs, we have to ponder 31 other teams.

If the 49ers end up with pick No. 2, a trade down makes a ton of sense. The price would need to be right, but with the potential for a quarterback to be available, a trade down seems more likely than not. Plenty can and will change between now and next April, but for the time being, the 49ers could be in the driver’s seat for a significant haul of picks.

Here’s the full schedule of Saturday football. All times PT.

College TV schedule, Week 12

Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (PT) TV Streaming
Mercer at #1 Alabama 9:00 AM SEC Network
Virginia at #3 Miami 9:00 AM ABC
#24 Michigan at #5 Wisconsin 9:00 AM FOX
Louisiana Monroe at #6 Auburn 9:00 AM ESPN2
#12 TCU at Texas Tech 9:00 AM FS1
#15 UCF at Temple 9:00 AM ESPNU
#16 Mississippi State at Arkansas 9:00 AM CBS
SMU at #21 Memphis 9:00 AM ESPNews
Minnesota at #23 Northwestern 9:00 AM BTN
Cincinnati at East Carolina 9:00 AM CBSSN
Texas at West Virginia 9:00 AM ESPN
Rutgers at Indiana 9:00 AM BTN
Delaware State at Florida State 9:00 AM ACC Network
The Citadel at #2 Clemson 9:20 AM ACC Network
Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech 9:20 AM ACC Network
Rice at Old Dominion 11:00 AM None
Fresno State at Wyoming 11:00 AM ATT SportsNet None
Iowa State at Baylor 11:30 AM FSN
Arizona State at Oregon State 12:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Charlotte at Southern Mississippi 12:00 PM None
Louisiana Tech at UTEP 12:00 PM None
Western Carolina at North Carolina 12:00 PM ACC Network
Hawai'i at Utah State 12:00 PM Spectrum Sports
UMass at BYU 12:00 PM None
Texas State at Arkansas State 12:00 PM None
South Alabama at Georgia Southern 12:00 PM None
#4 Oklahoma at Kansas 12:30 PM ESPN
Kentucky at #7 Georgia 12:30 PM CBS
Navy at #8 Notre Dame 12:30 PM NBC
Illinois at #9 Ohio State 12:30 PM ABC
Kansas State at #13 Oklahoma State 12:30 PM ESPN2
San Jose State at Colorado State 12:30 PM CBSSN
Syracuse at Louisville 12:30 PM ESPNU
Georgia Tech at Duke 12:30 PM ACC Network
Purdue at Iowa 12:30 PM BTN
Nebraska at #10 Penn State 1:00 PM FS1
Maryland at #17 Michigan State 1:00 PM FOX
Wofford at South Carolina 1:00 PM SEC Network
UAB at Florida 1:00 PM SEC Network
Houston at Tulane 1:00 PM ESPNews
Coastal Carolina at Idaho 2:00 PM None
New Mexico State at Louisiana 2:00 PM None
Army at North Texas 3:30 PM beIN Sports None
#20 LSU at Tennessee 4:00 PM ESPN
Arizona at Oregon 4:00 PM Pac-12 Networks
Texas A&M at Ole Miss 4:00 PM ESPN2
Boston College at Connecticut 4:00 PM CBSSN
Marshall at UT San Antonio 4:00 PM KMYS
Florida Intl at Florida Atlantic 4:00 PM Stadium
#19 NC State at Wake Forest 4:30 PM ESPNU
Missouri at Vanderbilt 4:30 PM SEC Network
UCLA at #11 USC 5:00 PM ABC
California at #22 Stanford 5:00 PM FOX
Air Force at #25 Boise State 7:15 PM ESPN2
Utah at #18 Washington 7:30 PM ESPN
Nevada at San Diego State 7:30 PM CBSSN