The latest 2018 NFL mock draft from Dan Kadar of SB Nation is a trade mock, which is always fun. Projecting trades is even more futile than projecting the picks to begin with, but it’s always an entertaining read, so let’s see what happens before and when the San Francisco 49ers are projected to pick.
First up, the mock has quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen going at No. 1 and No. 2, and then the Indianapolis Colts trading out of No. 3 overall with the New York Jets, who then take another quarterback, Baker Mayfield. This is immediately followed by a trade in which the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move up to select a popular player among 49ers fans, defensive end Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State.
Then it’s guard Quenton Nelson to the Denver Broncos, running back Saquon Barkley to the Colts, cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Cleveland Browns and then outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to the Chicago Bears.
Then it’s the 49ers at No. 9 overall, and Kadar has the 49ers staying put and selecting Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith.
The 49ers could conceivably trade down from the ninth pick to get better value on an offensive lineman. But if they stick here, they should take the best player available that fits a need. That’s Smith. He could pair with Reuben Foster to give San Francisco the new version of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman.
Obviously, there are concerns with Reuben Foster right now, but that last sentence is enough to make me dizzy. That level of linebacker play would greatly benefit the 49ers, and Kadar isn’t the only one who thinks Smith can bring that.
That’s all the action for the 49ers, but there are other trades to check out, so click through to the full mock.