Just because the 49ers do not have a scheduled pick until the penultimate selection of Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, there is no reason to believe it will be a boring evening in Santa Clara.
The 49ers have the ability, with 13 draft picks, to strike at just about any point.
"They are very tight-lipped," one prominent NFL source said Thursday morning. "I think they trade up, but I don't know which way they go."
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If the 49ers make a bold move forward to get a targeted player, the most reasonable assumption is they would go after a defensive lineman, such as Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) or, perhaps, Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (Florida State).
If the 49ers trade up for safety Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), they would be getting an immediate starter. But because it's such a deep class of safeties, the 49ers should be able to get a similar talent without giving away valued draft picks to vault forward.
Each NFL team uses a draft pick value chart to determine trade value. Paraag Marathe, the 49ers' chief operating officer, has devised the organization's own variation of the chart.
Using a model chart similar to what most NFL teams use, the 49ers could move up to No. 13 in a trade with the New York Jets for their picks at Nos. 31 and 34.
Or, if the 49ers do not want to part ways with their pick at No. 34, acquired in the Alex Smith trade to Kansas City, the 49ers can give up No. 31, their later second-round pick (No. 61), third round (No. 74) and fourth round (No. 128).
If the 49ers just wanted to move up to No. 20, for instance, in a trade with the Chicago Bears, the price would be their selection at No. 31, along with picks in the third (No. 74) and fifth rounds (No. 157).
The first round of the NFL draft is scheduled to begin Thursday at 5 p.m. Teams are allowed 10 minutes between selections. Rounds 2 and 3 will take place Friday, beginning at 3:30 p.m. And Rounds 4-7 will be Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. Teams are allowed seven minutes between picks in Round 2, and five minutes to make their selections for the remainder of the draft.
49ERS 2013 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round, No. 31 (No. 31 overall): Own pick
2. Second round, No. 2 (No. 34 overall): From Kansas City for Alex Smith
3. Second round, No. 31 (No. 61 overall): Own pick
4. Third round, No. 12 (No. 74 overall): From Carolina in trade during 2012 draft
5. Third round, No 31 (No. 93 overall): Own pick
6. Fourth round, No. 31 (No. 128 overall): Own pick
7. Fourth round, No. 34 (No. 131 overall): Compensatory
8. Fifth round, No. 24 (No. 157 overall): From Indianapolis in trade during 2012 draft
9. Sixth round, No. 5 (No. 173 overall): From Cleveland for Colt McCoy
10. Sixth round, No. 12 (No. 180 overall): From Miami in trade-back during 2012 draft
11. Seventh round, No. 31 (No. 237 overall): Own pick
12. Seventh round, No. 40 (No. 246 overall): Compensatory
13. Seventh round, No. 46 (No. 252 overall): Compensatory
NOTE: Compensatory picks cannot be traded.