Monday, April 22, 2013

Report: 49ers ready to move into middle of first round

So far in the pre-draft chatter process, there have been a lot of teams willing to concede a few spots. Few have said they want to move up.

But according to Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports, the 49ers could be interested in moving up to the 13th or 14th pick.

That’s a fairly specific location, but the 49ers are a team with a few specific needs, 13 picks to try to fill them, and the kind of roster that doesn’t have room for that many drafted rookies.

If they could get to the middle of the first, they’re apparently looking first for the eventual replacement for defensive tackle Justin Smith, but also have needs at safety, tight end and cornerback, or be in position for one of the top wide receivers.

The Jets (via the Buccaneers) and Panthers, respectively, own the two picks in question, and the 49ers might find a receptive partner there. The Panthers are short a third-rounder after dealing this year’s to the 49ers last April in a draft-day move to get defensive end Frank Alexander in the fourth round.

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