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What could trading out of the first round look like?

The hype train on our coveted Aaron Donald has picked up and possibly passed us by now. If Donald is still available at 16, I would scoop him up in an instant, but with that looking less and less likely, combined with the recent moves made by the Cowboys, I'm starting to believe that we should trade out of the first round entirely. With a plethora of solid second and third round players, we stand to get great depth and clean up the mess of a D Line that we have faster than maybe we thought.

The team that I would try to strike a deal with is the team that the Cowboys made a move with last year, The 49ers. San Francisco has the 30th overall pick, the 56th, 61st, 77th, and 94th pick in the first 3 rounds, so there's a lot of ammo for them to make a move. I think the 49ers could be inclined to do this to pick up a guy like Mike Evens to help their offense out even more, While the Cowboys could look to moving back to 30th overall, trading out of the 1st could be more beneficial.

If the Cowboys trade back to the 30, they would be looking to maybe get San Fran's early 2, or their late 2 and a 4th, or their two 3's. Im using the chart provided by Walters Football, but all of these deals leave us losing at least around 40 points in each of the trades. Based off of last year's trade, it looks like the FO values draft picks more in their draft chart so I tried to account for that a little.

Now if you at what you can get by trading out of the first, here's what could possibly occur. Our 16, for both their 2nds and both their 3rds, breakdown is as such: 16 = 1000, 56+61+77+94 = 961. Based of this chart, we could get these 4 picks, and still be considered to lose value on the trade (again, I did this to try to account for the way the FO values trades with draft picks). This trade would give leave us with 3 total 2nd round picks and 3 total 3rd round picks, and a lot of room to move around more if wanted. I went ahead and used Fanspeak's On the Clock (Premium) and tried out these situations out. I left out the 7th round because those picks are generally a crapshoot and teams draft attributes, so those picks are way more of a guess. Plus they arent really effected by the trade back scenarios I presented.

Trading out of the 1st entirely:

47WR ALLEN ROBINSON PENN STATE
56DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY FLORIDA
61DE CHRIS SMITH ARKANSAS
77OT CYRUS KOUANDJIO ALABAMA
78DT DAQUAN JONES PENN STATE
94QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO EASTERN ILLINOIS
115G CHRIS WATT NOTRE DAME
146DE AARON LYNCH SOUTH FLORIDA

I doubt that Kouandijo is there in the 3rd, but I would have taken Ja'wuan James or Billy Turner there as well.

16 for 30, 77 and 94

30DE SCOTT CRICHTON OREGON STATE
47DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY FLORIDA
77OT JA’WUAN JAMES TENNESSEE
78WR MARTAVIS BRYANT CLEMSON
94QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO EASTERN ILLINOIS
115DT JUSTIN ELLIS LOUISIANA TECH
146G TRAI TURNER LSU

16 for 30 and 56

30DE SCOTT CRICHTON OREGON STATE
47DT DOMINIQUE EASLEY FLORIDA
56OT CYRUS KOUANDJIO ALABAMA
78DT DAQUAN JONES PENN STATE
115G CHRIS WATT NOTRE DAME
146QB BRETT SMITH WYOMING

I thought these three gave a glimpse of the scenarios that could happen should we trade back with the 49ers. From the scenarios above, I prefer the depth that was received in the scenarios that resulted from trading out of the first entirely and receiving quantity in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and when compared to the other scenarios, it resulted in helping out the D line more.

At this point, with the way Donald has played, trading back may have become much more likely. After losing Ware, Hatcher, Spencer, and Ratlif all in one year, a lot of young and talented players need to be inserted to the d line, and in my opinion, trading out of the first may be the solution.

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