Thursday, February 28, 2013
Around the NFC West: Picks piling up
By Mike Sando
The second-round draft choice San Francisco reportedly will land in the Alex Smith trade would give the 49ers five 2013 choices acquired from other organizations.
That's a lot.
Consider that five teams -- Carolina, Chicago, Indianapolis, New England and New Orleans -- have five total selections apiece.
The pick from Kansas City would also give the 49ers five picks in the first three rounds, tied with Miami for the most. San Francisco would have 12 choices overall, two more that Seattle, which ranks second.
Those totals are before the NFL awards 32 compensatory choices for teams suffering net losses in free agency one year ago. The 49ers could receive multiple compensatory picks.
Before trading Smith for what would be the 34th overall choice in the draft, San Francisco already had acquired from other teams picks in the third (Carolina), fifth (Indianapolis), sixth (Miami) and seventh (Cincinnati) rounds.
Seattle and Miami are tied for second behind the 49ers in picks acquired from other teams. Each has three. Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Minnesota have two apiece.
St. Louis remains the only team with more than one first-round selection this year. The 49ers should have an opportunity to pick up an additional first-rounder next season. They certainly have enough picks to dangle as incentive.