Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson has told anyone who might listen that the team is open to dealing the top pick in this month’s draft.
While this seems to be a highly unlikely scenario given the bounty it would require for a team moving up to No. 1 overall, at least one club has had conversations with the Titans regarding the pick:
“According to two sources I have talked to, the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers have had brief discussions about whether the 49ers want to move up from the No. 7 overall to the No. 1 overall pick, and pay the Titans for that opportunity,” Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported Monday. “The question that the 49ers are sorting through — the primary one — is the cost of moving up from No. 7 to No. 1 and whether it’s worth it to go that far.”
San Francisco prefers CAL’s Jared Goff to small-school product Carson Wentz. That’s good news for the team should it decide to remain at seven, especially considering the Cleveland Browns seem to be leaning in Wentz’s direction.
It also tells us a story of a team in San Francisco that might very well be targeting a different position early in the draft.
The 49ers’ offensive line was an absolute disaster last season. This would put Mississippi left tackle Laremy Tunsil in play. In addition to that, the likes of UCLA linebacker/safety Myles Jack and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey would be in play here.
Flush with 12 picks in this month’s draft, San Francisco does possess the assets to move up. That number could also increase with Colin Kaepernick potentially on his way to the Denver Broncos for what would be a mid-round pick.
The largest issue here, as Cole suggests, is whether San Francisco actually needs to move up. If quarterback is the target, one of the top two players at that position will likely be available at seven.
With the mass exodus of veterans over the past two years, there’s also a whole bunch of holes to fill on both sides of the ball. This makes a trade up highly unlikely for Chip Kelly and Co.