Mike Nolan sure isn’t shy about wheeling and dealing his draft picks. He traded away a couple in 2005 to get Adam Snyder at the end of the third round. And he did the same last year to nab Manny Lawson in the first.
Now Nolan and the 49ers are considering a deal with their division rivals, the Seahawks, that would send Seattle’s leading receiver, Darrell Jackson, to San Francisco.
ESPN reports that all it would take would be the 49ers’ third selection in the fourth round, No. 124 overall, which seems like a pretty sweet deal considering that Jackson had nearly 1,000 receiving yards last season and that the 49ers would still have three picks left in that round alone.
The 49ers, however, are preaching caution. They’re definitely talking with Seattle, they say, but there are other teams involved. And the compensation hasn’t been decided. And that, contrary to the ESPN report, Jackson is not scheduled for a physical this morning. Not yet anyway.
The teams would have to agree by Sunday morning when the fourth-round begins but the 49ers probably would want to know by Saturday whether they have a deal. Why? Because having Jackson on the roster might affect whether they target a receiver on the opening day of the draft.
As of now, there’s little depth behind starters Arnaz Battle and Ashley Lelie. The team had been expected to give LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe and Tennessee receiver Robert Meachem a close look in the first round.