The 2018 NFL Draft will start in just a few weeks and there will be plenty of trades. That's just the nature of the draft, although those trades are very difficult to predict. One team that could make some noise is the San Francisco 49ers, who made a number of very successful trades in last year's draft. They're unlikely to trade up in the first round of the draft, but general manager John Lynch has said that everything is on the table. With that in mind, here are three trades the 49ers could make in the NFL Draft.
1) Trade down with Dolphins
This would be a relatively minor trade - San Francisco dropping from No. 9 overall to No. 11 - but is probably the most realistic one on the list. Miami has expressed interest in selecting a quarterback and could move up two spots to select one should a prospect like Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield fall out of the top eight.
By moving back, the 49ers would still be able to land one of their top defensive targets (likely Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds) while likely picking up an extra second-round pick in this year's draft or next.
2) Trade down with Patriots
New England has two first-round picks (No. 23 and No. 31) along with two second-round picks in the draft and is known to be interested in Mayfield. They are reportedly interested in trading up to get him, and if he's available at No. 9, they'll be much more likely to pull the trigger than if they have to trade higher.
This deal would allow San Francisco to get either both of New England's first-round picks or one of their firsts and two other picks (potentially one or both seconds). There's plenty of depth at the defensive line, secondary, and wide receiver positions in this class, and multiple picks would allow the 49ers the chance to fill more of those needs.
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3) Trade up with Colts
While the 49ers are very unlikely to trade up, they could be aggressive and move up to No. 6 if they love either Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson and either player is available (as expected). Indianapolis has already traded back once and could be willing to do so again given their desire to acquire as many picks as possible. However, the only questions are if the 49ers are willing to make a gamble like this and if they're that sold on either prospect.
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