ESPN’s Chris Mortensen Says 49ers “Prepared To Make A Huge Move In Round One”

Predicting trades on draft day is damn near impossible, but the speculation that the San Francisco 49ers will be a team looking to move up in round one of the 2014 NFL Draft just won’t seem to go away.

A few days ago, Chris Mortensen of ESPN said on the show “NFL Insiders” that there’s buzz the 49ers are “prepared to make a huge move” in the first round of the upcoming draft. While Mortensen isn’t sure which player the 49ers were interested in moving up in round one for, he suggested that Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans could be the target.

Regardless of who the 49ers may or may not be targeting, they certainly have the ammunition to jump way up in the first round. Of their 11 current picks, six are in the first three rounds with two of those being second round selections.

While moving up for Evans would seem to make sense for the 49ers, the same can be said for UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr. I threw Barr’s name out there as a potential target for the 49ers a few weeks ago based on the problems they’ve had with linebacker Aldon Smith.

Mortensen believes the Oakland Raiders, who currently own the fifth overall selection, could potentially be a trade partner for the 49ers. Keep in mind, however, that a move up that high would be a jump of 25 spots for the 49ers and it would surely cost them at least three picks if not four to make such a jump. Is Evans or Barr really worth that?

The Pittsburgh Steelers currently hold the 15th overall pick and should Barr ultimately be the 49ers target, and fall that far, I suggested the Steelers get the 49ers first round pick and the first of their two second round selections in addition to running back LaMichael James to move down 15 spots. A few of you liked that suggestion, while a few others said they would rather have another draft pick instead of James.

I’m sure the Steelers won’t be the only team willing to move down for the right price in less than two weeks and that the 49ers aren’t the only team willing to move up in round one.

Mortensen’s job is to create buzz and that’s all this is at this point. The 49ers large selection of draft picks in the first three rounds makes them easy targets when it comes to draft day trade predictions. We still have to wait a little more than a week to find out if all of this buzz and speculation was worthy.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Keep James and give us another pick.

  • Ryan Barton

    A huge move would be to go up to #1 to take Clowney. He could definitely replace Smith.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    I like the idea of the Steelers 1st and a 4th next year for the niners 1st and a 2nd & 3rd. It works on the value chart and the niners would probably like to move some of their picks into next year.

  • Iron Cadet

    Agreed! I would rather have bell in, he can catch better, block better, and can find the hole better. James is faster but so what?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Take the picks.
    . I have been mentioning the trade like this for many months. Finally everyone is catching on to San Fran having so many picks. 3 well chosen picks from 1-29 to 2-24 means you should come out with 3 quality starters if not right away but at least by 2015. That’s exactly what I’ve been eluding to for months. Take it and run. San Fran on speed dial!

  • ApexSteel

    Eh I’d take him. At the very least as a Return man

  • Don

    That was my first thought, too.

  • Don

    I agree, if that’s what SF is interested in. But “huge move” in my mind sounds like they have their sights set higher than #15.

  • CW

    At 29th a huge move would be getting into the middle of the first round.

  • Jason Vancil

    I stopped reading at Chris Mortensen.

  • Matt Manzo

    How awesome would it be if WE had 6 picks in the first 3 rounds this year?!!!!!
    Imagine that mock!

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, I would ask for their two 2nd RD picks + their 1st.

  • Aric Brown

    Wake me up when its draft day

  • Aric Brown

    James would be a great change of pace back / return man

  • michael

    As much as I would like to see the Steelers trade back with San Francisco for a couple extra draft choices, it seems very unlikely Evans or Barr would be there at #15.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    You won’t get both their seconds. More than likely their first, one of their seconds, and then a third or fourth.

  • Steelers12328882

    It’s a sellers market this year. 49ers will have their choice of teams to trade with, and I doubt it will be with the Steelers. I’ll bet they’re looking to get in the top ten.

  • RW

    I can honestly see a three team trade if that were to happen. I doubt the raiders want to drop 25 spots, but they could take our 15, while we get the rd 1 and 2 + James from the niners and oakland gets the second rd 2 + 3 and 4 from the niners. I don’t know how that trade value works out, but in my mind it would be fairly close.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    The more I think about it, the less likely I think the Steelers will trade back. Only because their pick at 15 has the potential to be an impact player. A guy like Beckham/Gilbert/Dennard, you’d have to snag at 15, because they won’t last much beyond. KB won’t be there at 30. So then you’re hoping someone falls, or betting that the number of picks will make up for elite talent? Doesn’t seem like the Steelers style to leave that much to chance.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Agreed. Aggressive is not moving to the middle. Aggressive is top 10, maybe even top 5.

  • Caleb

    If they had let Sanders go to the Patriots, and only drafted Thomas in the 4th last year…

  • blackandgoldBullion

    In the 1st round, 15 spots is a big move. Plus Frisco has built their team by drafting and continued to do so even recently when they have been in the hunt late into the post season. I have always stated that 12 picks is way too many for a team like that this year so a couple of trade ups are likely for them, similar to last year.

    However I doubt they would mortgage everything by giving up 4 or 5 picks for just 1 guy, no matter how good they think he may become. Keep in mind that people throwing names out there are just speculating at this point.

    I’ll throw some names out there. Look at their CB’s and you’ll find that they need help, even more help that LB and WR. Now many are saying that Pittsburgh should get one of the studs like Gilbert or Dennard. What happens if SF thinks that’s perfect for them. If that’s the case, then Pittsburgh gets lucky and a very good trade down works in their favor.

    Anything can happen.

  • Jollyrob68

    Too much from a value standpoint. For that they can get up to 10.

  • Don

    From your keyboard to God’s laptop screen…

  • Johnny Loose

    if Evans or Barr is there at 15, i say we stay put and take whichever!! I don’t see us landing a trade back scenario where we ultimately win, but if it were to happen, I’d be ok with it as long as LaMichael James came to Pittsburgh. I could use a guy with his speed on Madden, lol.

  • Spencer Walker

    Sf gives oak this years first and second and next years first and third

  • wdhammer

    get james and a get another 3rd rd pick …

  • wdhammer

    if the queen had balls she’s be king – IF,IF IF …

  • Steelers@2010

    According to the experts, the point scale for moving up would require their two #2’s and a 3rd. I wouldn’t trade that far back just for a #2, the Steelers need a quality DB. I’m not sure Kyle Fuller will be there in the 2nd when they pick. The Steelers rarely pick this high in the draft, I hope they take advantage of it.

  • Louis

    You’re right. If the Steelers trade with the 9ers, they’re looking at K. Benjamin or K. Fuller in the 1st, as opposed to M. Evans or D. Dennard.

  • SfSteeler

    no doubt,

    i hate a shlock tease, lets doit already!