According to a report from WalterFootball’s Charlie Campbell, the 49ers do not want to pick at No. 2 overall and are desperately attempting to move down. Campbell did not give up his sources, but his report reads as follows:
“Yesterday, WalterFootball.com reported that the New York Jets were in discussions to trade down in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Another team that wants to move down is the San Francisco 49ers…With Cleveland appearing to be settled on Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall-pick, the 49ers’ selection at No. 2 is the first mystery pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. WalterFootball.com reached out to sources from teams across the league to gauge what they are hearing about the 49ers. One general manager of a NFC team said the 49ers are ‘desperate to trade down.’”
The suggestion from Campbell here is that the 49ers would be happy to take Garrett at No. 2, hoping he’ll be the NFL’s next elite pass rusher. That position and the impact it can have warrant such a high pick. If they are sure he’ll be off the board, though, they’d rather stockpile some more picks for their rebuild and make a selection later in the draft.
That’s a viable tactic, as the Browns well know. They started their own rebuild last year, and they traded back in the draft, clearly focused on picks. Though they did not look good in 2016, winning just one game, they now hold numerous picks – including two in the first round – and appear ready to cash in. The 49ers may want to follow the same path under new GM John Lynch.