The 2019 San Francisco 49ers Draft Panel rolls on with Part 2 of the five part series.
On Monday, our six draft experts weighed in on whether or not Kyler Murray would be taken with the first pick. If the Arizona Cardinals pass on Murray, all of a sudden there could be several teams interested in moving up to grab the reigning Heisman winner at No. 2. Even if Murray is off the board, guys like Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams are talented enough to warrant moving up in the first round.
So the second question for our panel is this: What will the trade market be for the No. 2 pick?
Matt Miller, Bleacher Report:
For there to be a trade market, I think the 49ers will have to be willing to move. You look at the New York Giants last year, they wouldn’t even answer the phone in regards to the No. 2 pick because they knew they wanted Saquon Barkley. I think the 49ers will be in a similar spot this year with Bosa.
Dane Brugler, The Athletic:
San Francisco will certainly receive calls, but it would be surprising if they receive a deal enticing enough for them to trade away from Bosa at No. 2. However, if Murray doesn't go No. 1 then things get really interesting. In that scenario, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a team try and leap frog the Raiders at No. 4 to secure the Heisman Trophy winner. Or, the Raiders could look to avoid their top option being snatched in front of them (like last year with McGlinchey) and trade up two spots to secure their quarterback.
Charles Davis, NFL Network:
The No. 2 pick is obviously extremely valuable, and so in any trade, the 49ers need to make sure they’re getting exactly what they’re looking for. I think they ultimately end up keeping it and making a decision about which defender they want to take.
Matt Bowen, ESPN:
In such a deep class of edge defenders and interior defensive lineman, I wouldn’t expect the market to heat up at No. 2 – unless a club wants to move up for a quarterback. That could be Murray if the Cardinals decide to roll with Rosen, or, more likely, a market develops for Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The former Buckeye is an easy thrower with the footwork, size and anticipation to make plays inside the pocket. And we all know that quarterbacks set the course for the draft. The 49ers could get some calls when they are on the clock at No. 2 from a team looking to move up for Haskins.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network:
If Bosa is there, I would imagine that the 49ers will have opportunities to get out of the No. 2 pick. The teams at No. 3 and No. 4, the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets, would make a lot of sense for Bosa. With all of the draft capital that the Raiders have, I would imagine they at least make the phone call. Regardless, I don’t think the 49ers are going to trade off of a player like Bosa. I also don’t think that any team tries to trade up to No. 2 to get a quarterback.
Trevor Sikkema, The Draft Network:
You know, I am not so sure it will be good enough for it to be worth it for the 49ers to move back. After Murray, the only other positions that boasts the talent warranted for a trade up will be along the defensive line. Defensive line is certainly worth it and coveted, but there are so many top defensive players that it makes finding top value for a pick like No. 2 unlikely. A team can say "why trade all that for Bosa when we might be able to get Allen at the spot we're in?" Or something along those lines. Without big time quarterback demand at the top, it's hard for me to see the Niners finding a deal sweet enough to move back -- but Atlanta is the ultimate wild card there.
Check back on Wednesday for Part 3 of the 49ers draft panel.
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