Exploring possible trade partners

Earlier Tuesday, we looked at why a trade with Baltimore to move up to No. 17 in the first round of next week’s draft would make sense to the San Francisco 49ers.

Truly, any team is a potential trade partner when the clock starts and the board starts to fall, but here are some teams that could stick out as other potential trade partners for the 49ers:

Oakland Raiders

Where they pick: No. 5

Cost range: It would probably cost the 49ers No. 30, No. 56, No. 61, No 77 and perhaps even No. 94.

Possible targets: Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans.

How it could happen: Only if the 49ers felt Watkins or Evans was the missing link to a Super Bowl win. I’m sure the Raiders, who need all the help they can get, would jump at this. I’d say it’s a longshot.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Where they pick: No. 15

Cost range: No. 30, No. 56, and No. 94 or No. 56 and No. 61. and No. 77

Possible targets: Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

How it could happen: I’m not sure the 49ers would give up their first three picks for any of these prospects, but if they are desperate for a particular player it could happen.

Kansas City Chiefs

Where they pick: No. 23

Cost range: Perhaps No. 56 and No. 61.

Possible targets: Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

How it could happen: I’m sure the Chiefs would like to get back No. 56, which was part of the Alex Smith trade last year.

Cleveland Browns

Where they pick: No. 26

Cost range: No. 56 and No. 61

Possible targets: Cooks, Indiana receiver Cody Latimer, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett

How it could happen: The Browns are reloading. They could be interested, especially if they get their quarterback at No. 4.