When the San Francisco 49ers traded QB Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs over 14 months ago, no one really knew how the trade would pan out. The Chiefs who sent their 2013 second-round pick and a conditional 2014 draft pick has evidently worked in the 49ers favor. A conditional pick that would later turn into a 2014 second-round pick due to the Chiefs winning at least eight games in 2013, the 49ers found great value while trading away one player and in return yielding five.
With their 2013 second-round pick, the 49ers were able to trade down with the Tennessee Titans and draft DE Tank Carradine (No. 40), while picking up an additional 2014 third-round pick and a 2013 seventh-round pick (No. 216) in the process.
The 49ers then used that additional seventh-round pick (No. 216) to trade up with the Green Bay Packers as they swung a one-for-two deal. A deal that included the 49ers moving up six spots from (No. 93) to (No. 88) while also parting ways with their seventh-round pick, the 49ers were able to land one of the best pass rushers in the draft in OLB Corey Lemonier.
However, the buck doesn’t stop there as the 49ers were still reaping the benefits in this year’s draft. With the 49ers having an additional 2014 second-round pick (No. 56) due to the Chiefs winning at least eight games, the 49ers then traded down with the Denver Broncos. A trade that saw them swing a three-for-two deal, as the 49ers gave up their second-round pick (No. 56) and seventh-round pick (No. 242) in exchange for the Broncos second-round pick (No. 63), fifth-round pick (No. 171) and a 2015 fourth-round pick, it was a smart move as the Broncos clearly wanted to add another weapon for QB Peyton Manning which was none other than WR Cody Latimer.
The 49ers then traded back up into the second-round with the Miami Dolphins, as they acquired the (No. 57) pick in exchange for the two picks they just acquired from the Broncos at (No. 63) and (No. 171) to select RB Carlos Hyde. Remember they not only picked up Hyde but also yielded a 2015 fourth-round draft pick in the process (from Broncos) which they would later trade to the Buffalo Bills in exchange or WR Stevie Johnson.
Then as if things couldn’t have been any better the 49ers then selected one of the best steals in the draft with ILB Chris Borland in the third-round (No. 77). A selection that was made possible as part of the 49ers-Titans trade which landed a three-for-one deal, the 49ers used the Titans third-round pick to select the one of the top rated inside linebackers.
That’s five players! Like Miami Heat’s SF LeBron James said when he took his talents to Miami, “Not one, not two, not three, not four.”
- DE Tank Carradine (Second-Round) No. 40
- OLB Corey Lemonier (Third-Round) No. 88
- RB Carlos Hyde (Second-Round) No. 57
- WR Stevie Johnson (2015 conditional fourth-round pick)
- ILB Chris Borland (Third-Round) No. 77