2017 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears dealing slots before Draft Day

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Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan speaks to the media between general manager John Lynch and chief executive officer Jed York during a press conference at Levi's Stadium. Reuters/ Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft happens on April 27 with the Cleveland Browns expected to make Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett at the top selection. Though there were reports that the Browns would opt to trade that right, Browns head coach Hue Jackson made it clear that he intends to get 21-year-old players from Texas. 

Assuming that no surprises happen on Draft Day, the attention now shifts to two other teams – the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. Both are keeping tabs the Browns decision, hoping that Garrett would still be available by the time their turn comes. 

This came up with most predicting that the Browns would prioritize getting a quarterback. With no standout quarterback seen, it made no sense to pass up a big-time player like Garrett with the first-overall pick. Also, the Browns could hold off until the 12th selection to address their quarterback needs, CBS Sports reported.

With the chances of the Browns passing on Myles Garrett getting slimmer, the 49ers and the Bears may just opt to pass their rights on the second and third selection respectively. Both are open for business and the right deal could just persuade them to hand their slots to some other team. 

Last year, the first two picks were traded ahead of the start of the first round. The Tennessee Titans gave up their slot to the Los Angeles Rams while the Philadelphia Eagles and the Browns agreed to a deal as well. The Rams took in Jared Goff while the Eagles got Carson Wentz, the Pro Football Talk reported.

A slight bump in the teams selecting in the 2017 NFL Draft could happen if the 49ers and the Bears are tempted. John Lynch announced that he was “open for business,” possibly the same scenario for the Bears, MMQB.com reported. If ever something goes down, a lot will boil down to the type of player teams would want from the 2017 NFL Draft class.

Aside from Garrett, no other name has stood out from the incoming batch – particularly the quarterback position. Some names mentioned include Mitchell Trubisky, DeShaun Watson and DeShone Kizer. Compared to the likes of Goff, Wentz, Dak Prescott and Paxton Lynch, these are names that don’t quite ring a bell. 

Shallow as the 2017 NFL Draft looks, deals could be made in the coming days. The 49ers and the Bears are waiting on offers, something that could last up to April 27, 2017.