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49ers could land two first-round NFL draft picks in trade back from No. 2

49ers could land two first-round NFL draft picks in trade back from No. 2

When the 49ers made the trade with the Chicago Bears two years ago to move back one spot in the NFL draft, there was some sense of mystery in their draft room. The 49ers were not sure if the Bears were going to select the player San Francisco would have taken in that spot.

Team executive Paraag Marathe figured the Bears were targeting Mitchell Trubisky because he felt it was unlikely a team would pay the price to move up that high in the draft to select a player at a position other than quarterback.

The 49ers had Solomon Thomas rated as the draft's No. 2 prospect behind Myles Garrett. Thomas still was available when the 49ers went back on the clock.

Again, the 49ers have the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft. And, it seems logical, that if they have the opportunity to trade back, it would be with a team that has its eyes on a quarterback.

Another question is whether there is a team selecting in some proximity to the 49ers that would be determined to add a quarterback -- most likely, Kyler Murray. That would mean the Cardinals ultimately decide to go with a defensive player -- Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams -- with the No. 1 overall selection.

If another team has interest in moving up to No. 2, the 49ers would be able to pick up at least a second first-round draft pick, giving them three selections within the first 36 slots in the draft.

If Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock want Murray fully assimilated for the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas in 2020, they certainly have the draft capital to make a deal with the 49ers.

In such a scenario, the Raiders could send the 49ers their picks at Nos. 4 and 24 overall. The 49ers, most likely, also would acquire the Raiders’ fourth-round pick (No. 106) while shipping back a sixth-round selection (No. 176).

Then the 49ers could end up with Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen at No. 4, and perhaps pick up a top cornerback, such as Rock Ya-Sin of Temple or Washington’s Byron Murphy, at No. 24 overall.

The New York Giants are expected to select a quarterback who would be viewed as Eli Manning’s heir apparent at some point in this week's draft. The Giants wanted the 49ers’ pick at No. 2 in a proposed trade for Odell Beckham, but they were not willing to give up the No. 6 overall spot.

In order for the Giants to make a deal for the 49ers’ first-round selection, they would have to hand over their first-round picks at Nos. 6 and 17, along with a likely fifth-round pick at No. 132 overall.

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Perhaps the 49ers still could select Allen at No. 6. And at No. 17, the 49ers could think outside the box and pair tight end George Kittle with his former Iowa teammate, Noah Fant. The 49ers need another threat or two in the passing game, and No. 17 is likely too high for any of the wide receivers.

Here is a look at the 49ers' current list of picks for the NFL draft:

49ERS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: No. 2 overall
2. Second round: No. 36 overall
3. Third round: No. 67 overall
4. Fourth round: No. 104 overall
5. Sixth round: No. 176 overall
6. Sixth round: No. 212 overall (compensatory)

Why 49ers' impressive 6-0 start to season might portend Super Bowl run

Why 49ers' impressive 6-0 start to season might portend Super Bowl run

It wasn't pretty, but the 49ers slid past Washington in Week 7 to get to 6-0.

With the New England Patriots still to play on Monday night, the 49ers currently are the only team that surely will enter Week 8 with an undefeated record. The 49ers have played the easiest schedule in the NFL thus far, with their six opponents combining for an 11-28 record to this point.

Still, you only can control what's in front of you, and Kyle Shanahan's club has taken care of business at every turn. On the back of a stingy defense led by Nick Bosa, DeForest Buckner and a dominant defensive line, the 49ers are holding opponents to 223.5 yards per game and 10.7 points per game. While the defense has been impossible to score on, Jimmy Garoppolo and the offense has done what's been needed to get wins. After the 9-0 win over Washington, Garoppolo now has back-to-back games with zero touchdowns and one interception, but it didn't cost them against either the Rams or Washington.

But just how legitimate are the 49ers? Are they Super Bowl contenders or paper tigers?

Well, based on NFL history, a Super Bowl run could indeed be in the future for the red and gold. The 49ers are the fifth team in NFL history to start a season 6-0 after winning less than five games in the previous season. Two of the first four teams to achieve the feat made an appearance in the Super Bowl. 

The 49ers return home in Week 8 to face a Panthers team that has won four games in a row and is in the thick of the NFC South race. It's uncertain if Cam Newton will return from his foot injury to face the Niners or if Kyle Allen will get the nod for the fifth straight game. After that duel with the Panthers, the 49ers will take on Kyler Murray and the Cardinals before a massive NFC West showdown with the Seahawks in Week 10.

[RELATED: Grading 49ers' offense, defense in win vs. Washington]

At 6-0, the 49ers appear to be flying toward the playoffs. With an elite defense, efficient running attack and innovative coach, a Super Bowl run certainly could be in the cards.

Fantasy football waiver wire: Four non-QBs you should target in Week 8

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Fantasy football waiver wire: Four non-QBs you should target in Week 8

Whether you're an optimist or a pessimist, your fantasy team's glass can't be half-empty, nor can it be half-full right now.

That's because we're more than halfway done. Assuming your league's playoffs start in Week 14, we've now entered the backstretch. Seven weeks down (minus Patriots vs. Jets on Monday night), six to go. Buckle up, people. It's about to get bumpy.

Week 7 saw numerous injuries to key fantasy players, as well as some standout performances from lesser-used entities. Some of those injuries will linger into Week 8, in which both the Cowboys and Ravens will be on bye. The waiver wire is your best source to fortify your roster and start off the second half of the fantasy season on a high note. With that in mind, here are four non-quarterback to consider for waiver claims Tuesday morning, all of whom are in positions to be major contributors next week and beyond, and are owned in fewer than 15 percent of Yahoo and ESPN fantasy leagues.

DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins WR

13 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 9 percent owned in ESPN

DeVante Parker shouldn't be eligible for this list at this point, but alas, for whatever reason, he hasn't been added by enough teams. On Sunday, he caught five of his team-leading 10 targets for 55 yards and a touchdown against the Bills, his third consecutive game with a score. And that's been with an inconsistent quarterback play.

While he's yet to top 75 receiving yards in any game this season, you can bank on the Dolphins trailing in every game they play from here on out, just as they have in every game thus far. They'll probably put together a victory eventually, but the point remains: Miami is going to be throwing a lot, and more often than anyone else, Parker likely will be the intended recipient of that pass.

And let's not forget that Parker was a first-round draft pick in 2015. He's got the size, speed and pedigree to be worthy of a spot on your roster, and not just for next week.

Kenny Stills, Houston Texans WR

12 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 16 percent owned in ESPN

Okay, Kenny Stills really shouldn't be on this list. He's technically not eligible, since he's owned in 16 percent of ESPN leagues, but given the minuscule difference, his inclusion was too pertinent to pass up.

The Texans have one of the most high-powered offenses in the NFL. Deshaun Watson is hands-down one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and he's got a talented group of receivers to throw to, led by DeAndre Hopkins. Houston's No. 2 receiver, Will Fuller, left Sunday's game early with a hamstring injury, and Stills wasted no time filling his shoes, catching four of his five targets for 105 yards.

Stills has been a big-play deep threat throughout his career, and with Fuller's injury and Watson at quarterback, he has both the opportunity and surrounding talent to maximize his skill set. There's a reason why Fuller's ownership is in the 90s. Get the same production for comparatively little cost.

Ty Johnson, Detroit Lions RB

0 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 1 percent owned in ESPN

Parker and Stills are more household names, but Ty Johnson might be the priority pickup of the week. If you're looking for a running back, this is your guy.

Johnson had 13 carries on the season entering Week 7. He nearly doubled that on Sunday, rushing for 29 yards on 10 carries against the Vikings. Obviously, that's nothing to write home about, but almost all of that production came after starter Kerryon Johnson went down with a knee injury.

Kerryon was seen in a brace after the game, putting his status for Week 8 into doubt. The Lions host the lowly Giants next Sunday. If Kerryon can't go, Ty will start for Detroit, and he might for your fantasy team, too.

Alex Erickson, Cincinnati Bengals WR

1 percent owned in Yahoo leagues, 0 percent owned in ESPN

Andy Dalton threw two interceptions on consecutive passes Sunday against the Jaguars -- including one for a touchdown -- but when he wasn't throwing it to the other team, he usually was throwing it to Alex Erickson.

Erickson tied with Tyler Boyd for the team-lead in targets with 14 against the Jaguars, but Erickson was far more productive with his, catching eight balls for 137 yards. Much like the Dolphins, the Bengals stink, and just like Miami, Cincinnati is going to be throwing a lot

[RELATED: Why Whitner believes 49ers need to add true No. 1 receiver]

Sure, A.J. Green will change the dynamic if and when he is healthy enough to play, but that's a big if and when. Until Green plays -- or in the event he gets re-injured or traded -- Erickson likely will have plenty of target volume, and that's valuable for fantasy purposes.