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Broncos Trade 1st Rounder to 49ers for 2nd and 3rd

The 49ers and Broncos completed a swap of draft picks yesterday.

The Niners acquired the 22nd overall selection in the draft from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday for picks in the second round and third round. The Broncos will receive the 37th and 68th overall picks in the deal.


The Broncos now own seven picks in the first four rounds. They have the 15th overall selection after moving up from 29th in a deal with Atlanta.

While this deal would appear to favor the 49ers, ESPN deems it “a wash.”

Most NFL teams use a Trade Value Chart to make sure they’re getting enough in return — or not overpaying — when trading draft picks. The chart assigns a point value to every pick in the seven-round draft.

So how does this trade between the 49ers and Broncos check out on the chart? The No. 22 pick that Denver sent to San Francisco is worth 780 points, while the two picks going from the 49ers to the Broncos No. 37 (530) and the No. 68 (250) are worth a total of 780. So according to the chart the trade is a wash.

The chart’s the chart but the further in the draft one goes, the more of a crapshoot a pick is. And the less teams agree on a player’s relative value. On the other hand, some commenters have said that this draft is about six superstars deep and then there are an unusually large number of very good players. It may be that the Broncos simply think there’s not that much downside to trading down a few slots in this draft.

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