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Report: Patriots interested in Josh Rosen — maybe trade into top ten?

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The 49ers are in position to move down. Maybe a little tit for tat?

The 2018 NFL Draft is one week away, which means there is plenty of time for trade rumors to get crazy. And the latest could get the San Francisco 49ers in the mix.

The New England Patriots are interested in UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen, according to NESN reporter Doug Kyed. There has been some suggestion that Rosen could be the quarterback who slips in this draft. Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield seem fairly certain to go in the top five or six picks. Lamar Jackson could go just about anywhere in the first round and nobody would be surprised. But Rosen remains a question mark according to a lot of draft prognosticators.

In discussing the Patriots interest, Kyed offered up an interesting hypothetical.

If Rosen is available at No. 9 overall, could they swing a deal with the San Francisco 49ers to move up for Rosen? The draft trade value chart says it would take either the Patriots’ No. 23 overall pick and the 31st overall pick or Nos. 23, 43 and 95 to move up. The 49ers may owe the Patriots a favor anyway after acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for just a second-round pick.

Whether the 49ers “owe” the Patriots anything, both trade suggests make sense. On the traditional trade value chart, the No. 9 pick is worth 1,350 points. Acquiring the Patriots two first round picks would be worth 1,360 points. Acquiring the Patriots higher first, second, and third would be worth 1,350 points.

The 49ers are in a position where it makes a lot of sense to trade down if the right offer is made. Obviously a move down will depend on who is available at No. 9 and what the 49ers are valuing. But that aside, what do you think about these potential offers?

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If the Patriots approached about #9, which of these options makes the most sense?

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  • 57%
    Acquire #23, #31
    (1828 votes)
  • 29%
    Acquire #23, #45, #95
    (931 votes)
  • 12%
    No trade
    (404 votes)
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