49ers could eye Ravens' pick at No. 17

49ers could eye Ravens' pick at No. 17
April 30, 2014, 9:30 am
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The Ravens have the 17th overall pick; the 49ers hold the 30th. (USATSI)

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The 49ers have been in contact with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason to work out the details on their joint practices scheduled for after their Aug. 7 exhibition opener.

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And it stands to reason that the organizations have discussed other issues, as well.

“We've already gotten some calls about teams wanting to move up,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told reporters on Wednesday.

The Ravens hold the No. 17 overall pick. The 49ers’ first pick is scheduled for No. 30.

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A year ago, the 49ers traded up 13 spots from No. 31 to select safety Eric Reid. In order to acquire the No. 18 overall pick from the Dallas Cowboys, the 49ers surrendered their picks at Nos. 31 and 74 (third round).

The 49ers have plenty of draft picks to make a jump to acquire the Ravens’ pick. The 49ers have two second-round picks (Nos. 56 and 61), as well as two picks in the third round that can be traded (Nos. 77 and 94).

The most likely targets for a 49ers trade-up would be cornerback (Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Jason Verrett or Kyle Fuller) or wide receiver (Mike Evans, Odell Beckham or Brandin Cooks).

“A lot of it is spontaneous,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke answered last week when asked when trades come together. “A lot of it is happening as the draft is unfolding, especially as it unfolds. Early rounds, maybe 1 and 2, you might already have a deal in place. You might have already made that trade up if you’re player is there.”

 

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