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49ers trade back, select TCU safety in Todd McShay mock draft

While the 49ers find themselves with more draft picks this year than they had a season ago, and with more holes for those draft picks to fill, it still wouldn’t be a surprise to see them trade back in the first round from the No. 12 overall pick. ESPN’s Todd McShay illustrated one scenario where San Francisco moves back to pick up some significant draft capital, but his selection is a little head-scratching.

A trade back would make a lot of sense for the 49ers in a scenario where all four quarterbacks go in the first four picks, which is how McShay’s mock plays out. If San Francisco was going to stay put at 12 for a quarterback, it’d probably need to be one of the top prospects like Zach Wilson, Justin Fields or Trey Lance. The likelihood they take a QB for the sake of taking one with the 12th pick seems low.

With no top QBs slipping, the 49ers trade with the Bears. Chicago lands the 12th pick in exchange for No. 20, No. 52 and either a first or second-round selection in the 2022 draft. That’s a massive haul for San Francisco to jump back eight spots where they’d still pick in the top 20. It would also give them two second-round picks that they could use to either maneuver up into the back end of the first round, or deal to scoop a third-round pick after sending theirs to Washington in the Trent Williams trade. Read from source….