Originally posted by RKab:
I'm sure they'll be a ton of trades, maybe for future picks, but otherwise the 49ers could end up having to cut half their draft class if they don't move players. And considering the first 6 picks are all in the first 3 rounds - that's crazy.
Here's the way I look at it: the draft is a crapshoot, so increase your odds with some extra picks. They'll know full-well that a handful of their picks won't make the roster; however, by bringing in more camp bodies, they'll have extended opportunities to scout a handful of guys during the offseason, as well as increase competition. That way, if/when they completely whiff on a pick, these extra picks serve as sort of a buffer -- a safety net against the picks they do miss on.
Also, like you said -- trades. Look at the Reid trade: we gave up a third round pick to move up 10 spots or whatever to secure our guy. Right now, it's looking like a brilliant move. We could take a similar approach next offseason.