49ers have wealth of options with 15 picks in April draft

The San Francisco 49ers found a desperate trading partner in the Kansas City Chiefs for the Alex Smith deal.

That is evident with multiple reports that the Chiefs are sending the 34th overall pick in the draft to the 49ers along with a conditional 2014 draft choice in exchange for the quarterback. The clubs agreed to the deal today and it will become official March 12 at the outset of the new league year.

The Niners now possess 15 total draft picks in this April’s draft. That gives them ample ammunition to trade for veteran players in advance of the draft and be active during draft weekend moving up and down the board. General manager Trent Baalke could also stockpile selections in future drafts.

Some have already speculated the 49ers could become a trade partner with the New York Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis. But just considering the picks alone, it’s hard to imagine the Niners having a use for all 15 this year.

Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked at the NFL Scouting Combine if he envisioned a scenario where 14 picks – the number the club had at the time – could make the 2013 roster.

“Do I see it?”Harbaugh said. “Do I envision it? Is it possible? I mean, it's certainly possible. We're here to draft the best football players that we can. Feel good about having that many picks."

He also admitted it could make the team very active during the draft.

“Uh, I think you can certainly assume that it would,” Harbaugh said. “You comparing to last year? Seven picks last year? To say we'd be more active in the draft this year wouldn't get going out on a limb by saying we'll be more active this draft. I think that's true."

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