So with all the talk about what we can do in the offseason I've been thinking about what we trades we could make. Now a lot of people want Mariota, but think he will go too high for us to draft him. Now there is one potential piece that we could shop in order to get him, Shady. Assuming the Giants or some other team that needs a running back is in a position in the draft where we can get Mariota I'd say that it is probably worth it. Now hear me out. I love Shady too, but in case you haven't noticed he is kinda stupid sometimes. He is an absolutely excellent back, but he has flaws too. Sometimes he dances behind the line too much and his endurance is also kinda questionable for a premier back.
Even though we'd lose an excellent player we could also most likely pick up one who has proven he can succeed in Chip's system, Lamichael James. The 49ers have a surplus of backs right now (James, Dixon,Hunter, Gore and Lattimore) so the asking price most likely wouldn't be too high. James was arguably the best back that Oregon has ever had and they've had some good ones (JStew, Kenjon, Leblount) so if we could get him for a 3rd or maybe even a 4th I think it would be worth it. With James, Polk, and Brown I don't think our rushing attack would lose too much gas and I think the trade-off would be worth it. We would also ideally have another first round pick to use either on a quality receiver or defensive player. Then we could use most of our other picks to improve the defense assuming we get Maclin back.