Originally posted by NickSh49:
No, I think he's suggesting we pull an Atlanta and trade up into the top ten next year to get a wide receiver. I THINK that's what he's saying.
He specifically talks about the Lions going after Calvin Johnson, but I think that you are right.
He talks about Falcons going after Julio Jones and in a response to you he talks about the Rams going after Tavon Austin.
Originally posted by Rascal:
In short, yes. But, I think in order to identify that "guy", it is probably a little more than just draft a good WR. What we are talking about here will probably involve a huge commitment from our side cos it may require trading up big time. A bit like how we traded up all the way to 18th to get Eric Reid this year, only it may be higher pending on how the draft falls. I am talking about get the guy at all costs much like how committed the Rams was in going up to 8th to get Tavon Austin.
Compare the three trades.
The Falcons traded the 27th pick in the draft to the 6th pick--21 spots--in the draft to get Julio Jones. They paid an arm and a leg to get him.
The Atlanta Falcons gave up 2011 and 2012 first round picks, a 2011 second round pick and both 2011 and 2012 fourth round picks.
That is two first round picks, a second round pick, and two fourth round picks.
Julio Jones is a high quality receiver, but boy the price was high.
Both, the 49er trade for Reid and the Ram trade for Austin were in the last draft, so we really cannot judge those trades.
The Rams moved up eight spots in the draft (from No. 16 to No. 8 overall) to grab the former West Virginia wide receiver. The Rams gave up a first round pick (#16), a second round pick (#46), a third round pick #78) and a seventh round pick (#222) in exchange for Austin and the Bills' third-round pick -- No. 71.
The 49ers moved 13 spots in the draft (from the 31st pick in the draft to the 18th pick) to get Eric Reed.
To get Reid, the 49er gave up only one third round pick to make the move—the 74th pick in the 2013 draft.
Not sure that a safety compares directly to a wide receiver, but at first glance, the price that we paid seems almost like nothing.