After a week of making moves there hasn’t been much activity from the 49ers front office this week. Hints of a Colin Kaepernick contract extension say a deal may be struck after June 1st.
Although there is definitely a need for a player with his skill-set, my guess is Desean Jackson may end up elsewhere. Desean recently posted several highlights on his Twitter account of “7 & 10” possibly eluding to the connection he had with former Philadelphia Eagle and current New York Jet quarterback Michael Vick. Whether or not the 49ers will pursue Mr. Jackson or any other big name from now until the draft is anyone’s guess.
While there are some big names still left on the market that could help fill the depth chart, I doubt the 49ers will be making any blockbuster moves prior to the May 8th draft.
Last year the 49ers just happened to end up with Anquan Boldin for next to nothing, but no such deals have been made this year yet, unless you believe Blaine Gabbert and Jonathan Martin are the missing pieces the Niners were desperately looking for this off-season.
I do expect the 49ers to shop around draft picks and possible players in order to move up in the draft this year.
Last year the 49ers jumped 13 spots swapping 1st round picks with the Dallas Cowboys (along with a 3rd round pick from the 49ers) to aquire the 18th overall pick and nabbed LSU safety Eric Reid. It seems that move paid off and I expect a similar move around draft time this year.
The 49ers have already traded two of their twelve total picks, and currently have ten total picks. Four of those picks are in rounds 2 & 3 and the 49ers currently hold three 7th round picks.
The real question for 49er fans everywhere is do you draft a wide receiver or a cornerback?
Could the Niners make a real power move to grab a game changer like Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins? Or maybe a more practical move to grab a mid-level receiver or cornerback?
Either way the 49ers are currently sitting at pick number 30 overall in the first round and it seems they would find a viable draftee if they stay put, but most likely would love to land somewhere between first round picks 14-20.
With pro days still on-going the 49ers will hold those draft picks like a poker player asserting his hand, that is until the time is right, and then will play the cards.
I’m sure the 49ers will make their mark on this years off-season and my guess is they will wait until the NFL Draft to do so.
Up next is the 2014 NFL Owners Meeting taking place next week in Orlando, Florida from March 23-26.
Below is the remaining NFL off-season schedule.
March 23-26: Owners meeting, Orlando, Fla.
April 7: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin off-season workout programs.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.
May 8-10: NFL draft, New York, Radio City Music Hall. First round begins at 8 p.m. ET.
May 19-21: Spring meeting, Atlanta, Ga.;