I realize many of you hate the trade down scenarios, but here is my reasoning.
Looks like there is no consensus on can’t-miss prospects at 14. I think unless Star or one of 3 OT’s fall to us at 14, a trade down could be the best scenario IF we can find a partner. Minnesota could be willing to move up to get one of the WRs (assuming they’re there). If they would trade #23 & #52 for 14, it would help. Then, what if SF needs a final piece (S or DT?) and offers #31 & #34 for #23; QB-seeking team?; or Denver falls in love with one player to put them over the top?
Farfetched I know but would you do that? It (SF trade)would give us #31, 34, 44, & 52- 4 of the top fifty in a draft considered deep but not top-heavy. That would allow us to fill holes at DT, CB, OG, and S or WR. We would possibly get 4 inexpensive starters which help salary cap problems for 2014 when Cam and Hardy come due.
Some combination of 4:
CB-Banks, Slay, Wilson
DT- Hankins, Jenkins, (Bama DT?)
WR- Hopkins, (Austin if he falls), Allen, Hunter, Patton
OL- Warford, Watson,
S- Elam, Reid, Cyprien