Are 49ers poised for another big trade up?

April, 28, 2014
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Last week, ESPN's Chris Mortensen mentioned there has been talk around the league circles that the San Francisco 49ers could be planning a big move up in the first round of the May draft.

Mortensen suggested a target could be Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans. He could be a top 10 pick. A move up from No. 30 would require the 49ers -- who have six picks in the first 100 -- to surrender a lot. In addition to receiver the 49ers also have a big need at cornerback. A trade for a player like Evans would likely eat up most of the team's premium picks and hurt their chances of landing a quality cornerback barring another trade up.

At his pre-draft news conference on Friday, 49ers' general manager Trent Baalke -- the man in charge of making those decisions -- was predictability evasive. Basically, Baalke said the 49ers can do anything come May 8.

"The answer is the same every year: Do we have the ammunition to make a jump to go get somebody? Yes. Are we motivated to do that? Depends," Baalke said. "There's so many factors that go into it when you're sitting at 30. Where do you need to go when you're targeting somebody? You saw us last year make a move to go get somebody. Will we do that this year? I don't know. I may know but I'm not going to tell you.

"It's something we're still working on. We're not there yet. There are players we certainly like. We're trying to determine where they may go, how high we may need to go if we so choose. If we stay, are we prepared to make a pick? If we stay, are we prepared to make the pick? Could we move back? That's always a possibility when you're sitting at 30. There's a lot of different ways we could go."

Baalke isn't afraid of a big move up. Last year, the 49ers went from No. 31 to No. 18 to draft LSU safety Eric Reid. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.

Former Tampa Bay general Mark Dominik laid out this trade scenario, Insider in which the 49ers move up in the first round.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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