GM Phil Emery has let it be known that he is interested in entertaining trade offers, particularly around the Bears’ current No. 20 spot in the first round. A surprise will be if his phone doesn’t ring with at least one call from the San Francisco 49ers.
Jim Harbaugh, the Bears’ first-round pick in the 1987 draft, won’t be making the call; that’ll come from 49ers GM Trent Baalke’s office. But Harbaugh as head coach is directly involved in the evaluation processes, and the 49ers have 13 picks in this month’s draft (11 of their own plus three compensatories, which cannot be dealt).
Colleague Matt Maiocco out at CSNBayArea.com expects the 49ers, who are slated to begin draft weekend at No. 31 in the first round, to use those picks to go after targeted specifically players. Say, around No. 20?
“The 49ers will not use all of those…picks,” Matt reported. “They will package some picks to move up. I also expect them to trade a pick or two to move back to next year's draft, too. They could move up from No. 31 overall. That's an option.”
If a Bears-49ers deal doesn’t go down on Day One, don’t be surprised by one once teams reset their boards for Friday’s selections.
“But because of the depth of this draft, there might be a lot more value in moving up in the mid-rounds to select a player they've targeted,” Matt assesses.