The San Francisco 49ers are a team to watch as the 2015 NFL Draft approaches, with plenty of intriguing trade scenarios and potential picks being speculated upon by a variety of sources. With that being said, here's 3 San Francisco 49ers NFL Draft Rumors You Need To Know.
Could The 49ers Pull Off A Cross-Bay Swap?
The Oakland Raiders are reportedly fielding offers for their #4 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, and one potential trade suitor could be the 49ers.
Per Sports Illustrated's Don Banks:
With one of the draft's biggest prizes in Williams still available, the Raiders should have the opportunity to field offers while on the clock. Passing on a receiver like Kevin White or Amari Cooper won't be easy for Oakland, but I think Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will survey his board and realize he can still get a quality starter for his defense at No. 15 plus acquire more picks to supplement his rebuilding project. The 49ers are motivated by the chance to add an elite difference-maker to a defensive line that has lost starter Ray McDonald and will probably see Justin Smith follow through on his retirement plans. Even with Darnell Dockett signed, this is a move that makes sense for the future. Dockett will be 34 this spring and is coming off ACL surgery that cost him 2014.
49ers "In Love" With Amari Cooper?
Per lead Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller, “high-level sources with the San Francisco 49ers have told me the team is “in love” with wide receiver Amari Cooper from Alabama and will inquire as to trading up to draft him should he slip past the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall.”
There’s plenty of reason to think that the Oakland Raiders will cut the 49ers off at the pass and take Cooper 4th, with Oakland management said to also be smitten with the dynamic former Crimson Tide wideout. But there's always the possibility of the aforementioned trade taking place...
A Name To Watch From Sacramento
As reported by Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, “according to multiple sources, one of the team’s 30 official visits will go to Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who grew up in Sacramento.”
Armstead is vaulting up NFL Draft analysts' charts due to his impressive 6-foot-7, 292-pound frame and natural propensity to disrupt at the point of attack. Whether that leads to the 49ers spending a pick on him remains up in the air at this point.
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