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Report | 49ers trying to trade down from No 2 overall

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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.

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  1. John

    Apr 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Keep pick take Hooker dont give another team a chance to take him

  2. Bob Heintz

    Apr 20, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    To SF
    1st Round #12,
    2nd 2017 #52,
    4th 2017 #108,
    (2) 2nds in 2018

    Browns get #2

    Franchise Changing move for both franchises

    • J French

      Apr 21, 2017 at 5:41 am

      Points value of the trade you suggest is 49ers #2 pick = 2600 points.
      Browns value #12 – 1400 points, #52 – 380 points, #108 – 78 points = 1858 points in 2017.
      To assign a futures point value in 2018 devalues the points.
      Value numbers at Pro Football Reference, the team trading for a pick now, and giving up a better pick in the future, got 16.5 points, versus giving up 25.2 points in value. That’s a 152% rate of return by delaying a year. Basically this means a 2nd round pick in 2018 is the equal of a 3rd round pick in 2017.
      The Browns have in 2018 their pick, Texans & Eagles picks. Midpoint average is assigned for value at mid-point of the round. This gives both 2nd round 2018 picks a draft points value of 190 each for 380 points total.
      This makes the trade in draft capital 49ers #2 pick at 2600 vs Browns trade total value of 2238 making it a poor value trade for the 49ers.

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