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NFL Draft 2011: Patriots Talking Trade With Browns, Could 49ers Emerge As Partner?

According to Aaron Wilson, (and others) the New England Patriots are interested in moving up in the draft to acquire the services of Robert Quinn, the defensive end out of North Carolina. They've apparently talked to the Cleveland Browns about moving up to the sixth overall pick to do so, and have a plethora of early picks to make that trade. The Patriots currently have the 17th and 28th pick in the first round, as well as the 33rd pick in the second round. A trade up into the top ten would likely cost them the 17th pick, and one of the other two mentioned, likely the 33rd pick, which is the first in the second round, from the Carolina Panthers.

It's an interesting scenario for the San Francisco 49ers, as Quinn could be a target of their's, but we've already heard talk about potentially moving back if one of their top players aren't available at seven. The 49ers appear to want one of Von Miller, Patrick Peterson or Marcell Dareus at number seven, and in lieu of them, would like to trade back a little bit and acquire ammunition to get the quarterback they want later on in the draft.

If Quinn (or any other player the Patriots could be interested in, like Cal's Cameron Jordan) is available at seven, it would make an awful lot of sense for the 49ers to deal for picks 17 and 33, giving them prime position to get one of the better cornerbacks and quarterbacks available in the draft. Players like Colin Kaepernick, Andy Dalton, Jake Locker, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Harris, Johnny Patrick and Davon House could be there at those positions, and the 49ers would be filling two immediate needs at that point.

Just something to think about.

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