Posted February 27, 2013

Loaded up on draft picks, 49ers could have big moves ahead

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Could the defending NFC champion 49ers make a play for Darrelle Revis? (Greg Trott/AP)

Could the defending NFC champion 49ers make a play for Darrelle Revis? (Greg Trott/AP)

“The San Francisco 49ers are now on the clock.”

Get ready to hear that phrase a lot. Well, either that or, “The San Francisco 49ers have traded multiple draft picks for … “

Whatever the eventual outcome may be, Wednesday’s reported trade, which will send QB Alex Smith to Kansas City, feels a lot closer to the beginning of San Francisco’s offseason wheeling and dealing than the end.

Expected to head the 49ers’ way in exchange for Smith: a 2013 second-round pick (No. 34 overall) and “similar” compensation (believed to be a conditional third-rounder) in 2014, according to the Mercury News‘ Tim Kawakami. The former selection bumps the current number of 49ers’ selections in the upcoming draft to a dozen, with three more expected via compensatory picks.

The defending NFC champions, with one of football’s most exciting players at quarterback, sitting in possession of 15 draft picks? Look out.

Of those 15 picks, five are within the top 93 slots — one in the first round, two in the second and two more in the third. The options, then, are numerous for the 49ers.

They could stay put, stockpile draft choices and provide depth for their nucleus for years to come. They also could swing some of those extra picks into future years, as they’d no doubt find some suitors for mid-round selections during the deep 2013 draft.

Or, and here’s the big one, they might be able to bundle several picks together and make a run at some dangling trade bait like, say, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. Minnesota’s Percy Harvin also fits into the blockbuster trade hypothetical.

Given their bevy of riches, both currently on the roster and in relation to the 2013 draft, the 49ers would be doing themselves a disservice if they did not try to parlay this Smith trade into even more. Already, the deal has to be considered a success — swinging a $7.5 million backup into at least one, and potentially two, second-round draft picks is a massive boon for the franchise.

San Francisco probably held a spot on the Jets’ Revis trade radar before this. As of March 12, when the Smith move can become official, the 49ers will have greater financial flexibility and added ammo for such a transaction.

This all is awful news, of course, for the rest of the 49ers’ division and the NFC as a whole. San Francisco has won back-to-back division titles with two different quarterbacks. Colin Kaepernick’s emergence in the middle of 2012 simply added steam to a train that’s threatening to run away from the competition.

Add five of the draft’s top 100 players or an elite talent like Revis to the mix, and the 49ers will be favored against just about every foe next season.

The 49ers fell just shy of a Super Bowl berth two years ago and was merely a few yards away from hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy this February. Sending Smith to Kansas City only moves them closer to getting over the top.

12 comments
MarkGretz
MarkGretz

We need to keep #31 and #34, getting S and DE or DT taken care of. Cyprion or Elam, Hunt, Williams, and Jenkins to name a few. I would rather work a deal for Lewis CB Pitts or Smith CB Dolphins before I go for Revis

 

gary41
gary41

More questions than answers.  The 49'ers have lots of low draft picks, which are difficult to meld into anything important.  The needs include S, CB & pass rushing DE.  The S can be drafted, but the CD & DE, which are the 2 most important defensive positions will be difficult to draft.  CB Milliner will go up around 5th and Trufant around 13th in the first round, both out of reach, except for low 1+2nd round choices.  CB Banks might be available at the top of the 2nd round, but may or may not be worthwhile.  That upper 2nd round pick might be used for at DE.  I don't see any reasonable deal for Revis.  Meanwhile, finding a back up QB in this draft is another issue.  Might be better to wait for next year, which should be very good, but no one knows what Harbaugh is thinking.......a lot of choices for QB will be un-drafted FA this year.....

CoreyStombaugh
CoreyStombaugh

Without Smith the 49ers are 1 hit to Kaepernick away from 3rd place in the NFC West and that is what is going to happen this year. They had 2 chances to get it done over the past 2 years and didn't do it. Sorry 49ers but your so called "Dynasty" you think you have is about to become an abrupt collapse.

youngz101
youngz101

I've got an idea. Lets combine obvious facts with rampant speculation and pass it off as sports journalism. Insightful!!

FreddieFunStuff
FreddieFunStuff

Are they better off trading for Revis (Sever seasons gone and coming off of a knee injury) or moving up to draft Milliner? After Milliner's combine performance it seems like something worth considering.

GayNiner
GayNiner

Alex looks like lord helmet.

StanDaMan
StanDaMan

Football is football and at the end of the day performance on the field is really all we need to worry about

GayNiner
GayNiner

We have a big say about these things here.

GayNiner
GayNiner

The gays will not approve of Revis.

StanDaMan
StanDaMan

A beefed up secondary would be even more beast than we already are! I'd love to see Revis join the team. Get both smiths some help to continue their sack quest and then a few more targets on Offense and we're set. Not talking a ton of superstarts, just more depth!

VicWilliams
VicWilliams

I'm not complaining. The Niners need all the weapons they can get with Seattle and perhaps the Rams ramping up their NFC West hopes. Word is Kaepernick is already working out and looking toward next season. That final drive didn't set well with him or anyone else. Now about filling at least one of those woeful cornerback spots ... with a beefed-up secondary and a healthy Justin Smith putting Aldon on the prowl again, this could be a true return to the Niner dynasty of the 1980s.