If you thought the 49ers had a lot of leverage in the 2013 NFL draft, just wait until next year. Peter King is reporting that, as part of the Alex Smith trade, Kansas City will send it’s second round pick in 2014 to San Francisco if the Chiefs finish 8-8 or better. If they finish below .500, the 49ers will get the Chiefs’ third round selection. This will give the Niners a possibility of six picks in the first three rounds. Six! Here is the breakdown:
- The 49ers have their own choices in each of the first three rounds
- The team owns Tennessee’s third round selection as part of the deal to trade down to select Tank Carradine in the second round of the 2013 draft
- They will receive a compensatory pick for Dashon Goldson that could be as high as a third rounder (probably at worst a fourth)
- They have acquired a second or third round pick from Kansas City (depending on the Chiefs’ record) as part of the Alex Smith trade
If the 49ers draft well (and history has given no reason to doubt they will in the Harbaugh/Baalke era) the team is in a position the remain competitive for a long time. The extra picks mean the team can continue to be aggressive on draft day and also gives them significant trading chips should a veteran from another team become available.