There has already been one major shakeup in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft, and general manager Trent Baalke is not ruling out another involving the 49ers.
In the six drafts under Baalke’s direction, the 49ers have made three trades in the first round. They traded up in 2010 and 2013 to select tackle Anthony Davis and safety Eric Reid, respectively. Last year, Baalke traded back two spots and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead.
The 49ers own the No. 7 overall pick in the draft, and Baalke did not provide any clues that narrow the focus for what the organization plans on April 28, the first day of the draft.
“There’s no position that’s ruled out at seven,” Baalke said recently at the NFL owners meetings. “And whether we stay at seven, there’s a possibility we move up. There’s a possibility we move back. I think you’re going to have to have some fluidity to this draft, in terms of willingness to move in every round.
“When you’re at seven, there’s a likelihood that somebody could be calling to move up.”
The Los Angeles Rams made a blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans last week to move into the No. 1 overall spot, where they will presumably select among quarterbacks Jared Goff of Cal or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.
The 49ers could end up one a top offensive tackle, Laremy Tunsil of Mississippi or Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley. Or, perhaps more likely, the 49ers could zero in on one of the top defensive players. Among the 49ers’ options are defensive linemen Joey Bosa (Ohio State) and DeForest Buckner (Oregon), linebacker Myles Jack (UCLA), and defensive back Jalen Ramsey (Florida State).
The possibilities for trades will only increase in the final two days of the draft, as the 49ers have a scheduled 12 draft picks, eight of which are eligible to be traded. The 49ers made three draft-day trades last year.
49ERS 2016 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: Own pick, No. 7 overall
2. Second round: Own pick, No. 37 overall
3. Third round: Own pick, No. 68 overall
4. Fourth round: Own pick, No. 105 overall
5. Fourth round: Compensatory, No. 133 overall
6. Fifth round: Own pick, No. 142 overall
7. Fifth round: From San Diego, No. 145 overall
8. Fifth round: Compensatory, No. 174 overall
9. Sixth round: From Dallas, No. 178 overall
10. Sixth round: From Denver, No. 207 overall
11. Sixth round: Compensatory, No. 211 overall
12. Sixth round: Compensatory, No. 213 overall
--From San Diego, acquired in 2015 draft trade-back
--From Dallas, acquired in 2015 draft trade-back
--From Denver, acquired in trade for TE Vernon Davis
--This is the final year in which compensatory picks are not allowed to be traded