Let the drumroll begin. Sometime after 5:00pm tonight, we’ll find out if Trent Baalke is going to brazenly trade up into the prime real estate of the first round of the draft, or be content to stay put with pick 31.
The 49ers don’t have enough ammo to trade up much higher than 12th or 13th in the draft, so the first two hours of whoop-d-doo can largely be ignored. Unless you are a Mel Kiper fan, in which case, my condolences on your illness.
To get up that high in the draft, Baalke would have to surrender his 34th pick at the top of round two, leaving us no viewing pleasure until all the way down through the rest of first round and all the way to the bottom of round two on the second day of the draft. That’s a lot of dead air.
The team has opted not to provide a live video feed of their draft room this year, further entrenching themselves in their Masonic like shroud of secrecy. Apparently, they don’t want any of us yokels to see them grimace if a guy they wanted gets drafted by someone else. This allegedly occurred last year when Seattle took Bruce Irvin. The 49ers denied their interest in Irvin and Baalke even claimed to have written AJ Jenkins down on a paper sealed in an envelope the night before.
Pretty thin skinned, boys, if you ask me. Ye gads. Lighten up and give us loyal and passionate fans a little taste of fun once in awhile. It wouldn’t kill you.
At least we’ll finally have some new players to absorb into our bloodstream. So far this offseason, we’ve seen a 36 year old partial wide receiver replaced with a 32 year old possession WR, a 38 year old kicker replaced by another 38er, two solid D-line guys swapped out for a first round bust D-guy, and a pro bowl free safety exchanged for a camp fodder FS. Not much to salivate over.
Baalke could really twist our heads tonight by trading our entire draft for picks next year and in 2015, but that’s probably pushing my sulk meter a bit over the line. We’ve got 13 picks, but nobody thinks we’ll actually draft 13 guys. The trade winds are blowing. Let’s find out what our mystery man GM has in store for us tonight.