Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Could San Francisco trade up?
By Tim Kavanagh
As we sort through the particulars of the Alex Smith trade that was reported Wednesday, one of the key factors is the compensation heading back from Kansas City to San Francisco. According to our NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Niners are getting the Chiefs' second-round pick -- No. 34 overall -- in the swap, in addition a conditional mid-round pick in 2014.
So now the Niners have some extra draft ammunition that they can either keep, or use as part of a trade to move up -- remember, they also have Carolina's third-rounder this year. Looking at the draft pick value chart, the second pick in Round 2 is worth 560 points. Packaging that with the No. 31 overall pick, the Niners could move as high as No. 13 if they fell in love with a particular prospect that was still on the board at that time.
That's a big "if," obviously, and the wiser move is probably to just sit where they are and find two useful players. Remember, the team is potentially losing starting safety Dashon Goldson and No. 2 TE Delanie Walker to free agency, and they have a clear need to add at least one playmaker at WR, as well as bolster their CB corps.
But now, thanks to the Chiefs, they do have the ability to make a pretty severe move on the draft's opening night if they so desire.
Or, as Steve Muench of Scouts, Inc. suggests, they could package some of those picks in exchange for a superstar: