49ers are down with trading down in NFL draft

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, right, gestures beside head coach Kyle Shanahan during an NFL football news conference Friday, March 10, 2017, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The 49ers reportedly are open to trading the No. 2 overall pick. Would that be a good decision? Why?

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John Lynch:

“As I’ve said, we’re open for busines. We’d listen to anything. But, I’ve always said you don’t like being 2-14, but you like having the second pick. I think it puts you in the driver’s seat with a lot of options at your disposal and we’ll explore every single one of them. Some of that’s gone on, but I think we’re not going to get into specifics on that. But, there’s interest.”

Lynch on QB Mitch Trubisky and rest of the QB’s in the draft:

“We’ve worked Mitch out and there’s a lot to like about him. I also know it’s that time of year. We have 15 days, and a lot can happen in those days. It’s fluid for us, and I’m sure it’s fluid for them and everyone else. … We’ve looked at it from every angle, and from the beginning, I thought that maybe the perception that this isn’t a real strong quarterback class, that’s in the eyes of the beholder. We have our own feelings. There’s a lot that we like. We’ve put in the work. That’s a position where seeing it live and in person is helpful to me. Kyle feels the same way.”

The 49ers QB situation:

The 49ers, who are coming off a 2-14 season, signed Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley last month but are still searching for a long-term answer at the quarterback position. Lynch said he and new head coach Kyle Shanahan like what they’ve seen from this year’s crop of quarterbacks that have received some mixed reviews from analysts.

John Breech from CBS Sports on the 49ers needs:

After finishing 2-14 last season, it’s pretty clear that the 49ers have holes all over their roster. As a matter of fact, the 49ers have so many holes that it’s almost impossible to say what their biggest need is heading into the NFL Draft. They need a quarterback, they could use some offensive line help, they could definitely stand to add a pass-rusher, and adding a receiver wouldn’t hurt, either. Oh, and they cut one of their starting cornerbacks on April 7 after he was arrested, so they could probably use a corner if they can find one.

2016 team efficiency ratings show the 49ers need much help.

The NFL draft has seen big trades before:

Trades of this magnitude can result in big shakeups in how the first round of the draft plays out. Just a year ago, Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil was widely expected to be the No. 1 pick of the draft by the Tennessee Titans until the Titans traded down with the Los Angeles Rams. That deal opened the door for Cal QB Jared Goff to get the first draft call.

Could the Titans move up?:

The Titans might eye the number two pick if they are looking to secure their needs at free safety or defensive end. They might look to acquire fast-rising free safety Malik Hooker out of Ohio State or defensive end Solomon Thomas from Stanford, who has been the presumptive second overall pick for a few weeks now.

How about the Panthers?:

The potential fit for this trade up makes a lot of sense for the Panthers. The Panthers are just one season removed from their appearance in the Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.  They could be a prime team to make a bold move to acquire one of the top draft talents. While the 2016 season didn’t go as planned, as they stumbled to a 6-10 record, there is still plenty of talent on the roster that would certainly be bolstered by the second overall pick in the draft to help the team make another run to the Super Bowl next season in Minneapolis.

What do you think? Would it be a good decision to deal the No. 2 pick?

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