Mock drafts continue to trickle in until next week, but something more interesting came from ESPN’s Bill Barnwell when he put together a mock draft illustrating trades for each team; what they would get and what they would give up. For the San Francisco 49ers he has them moving up to number 7 in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The deal involves the 49ers getting the seventh pick and also a fifth rounder in exchange for their first round and third round picks:
After their offseason shopping spree, the 49ers have most of the pieces they would want for Garoppolo. Their biggest concern could be at guard, where the Niners have to hope that the offensive line play coalesces around new center Weston Richburg. Former first-round pick Joshua Garnett wasn’t great as a rookie in 2016 and missed the entire 2017 season, while the other guard spot has been turned over to a series of busted first-rounders (Jonathan Cooper, Laken Tomlinson) and former Broncos standout Zane Beadles, who hasn’t shown much since leaving Denver in 2014.
The Niners could stay put and take one of this draft’s defensive backs at No. 9, but if they want to grab [Quenton] Nelson, my suspicion is that they’ll need to move up ahead of the Bears at No. 8. If Chubb and Barkley are off the board by the time the Tampa Bay drafts at No. 7, the Bucs are better off trading down, letting the 49ers grab Nelson and drafting a defensive back of their own while picking up a third-rounder to replace the selection they sent to the Giants for JPP.
The 49ers grabbed their center in Weston Richburg, and have their tackle spots locked up with Joe Staley and Trent Brown playing left and right tackle respectively. The one problem is those two guard spots. If everything works out, Joshua Garnett balls out in his third season to secure a spot on the line, but even if he does, that still leaves and additional guard spot with a question mark.
Quenton Nelson has been a draft crush for many and he impressed at the 2018 NFL Combine. If the 49ers are to get a shot at him, a trade is probably the only way they are going to ensure the prospect comes to the Bay Area. There certainly are other prospects they could be making this trade to snag, but Nelson would make the most sense given his projections.
Forgetting Nelson and looking at the trade itself, would you make this trade with Tampa Bay? And who would you take with the newly acquired seventh pick?
Would you give up the 49ers’ first (No. 9 overall) and third round picks for Tampa Bay’s first (No. 7 overall) and fifth picks?
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