Prediction: 49ers Won’t Take A QB With The 3rd Pick | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
Next month’s NFL Draft was turned on its head Friday when a trade involving the third pick was made. Instead of the Miami Dolphins using the pick, that selection now belongs to the San Francisco 49ers, who gave up their first pick this year (#12 overall), their third rounder this year as well as their next two first round picks. While it might seem simple enough to predict that the 49ers are taking one of the young quarterbacks ensured to be there at number three, I am here to predict that San Francisco will draft a skill position player, not a QB.
Yes, I know, people are saying that the 2021 NFL Draft will be the year of the quarterback, and with talents like Fields, Jones, Lance, Lawrence and Wilson, it’s easy to say just that. As more and more mock drafts are released, seeing where quarterbacks are landing is ever changing, with more and more teams in awe of some of the other players in the draft pool.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 26, 2021
For a team like the San Francisco 49ers, who have been saying they believe in Jimmy Garoppolo, what better way to try and find out how good he is than to put people on the field with him to help him succeed. With two wide receivers who are making scouts drool in DeVonta Smith and Ja’Marr Chase near the top of everyone’s list of best players in this year’s draft, why wouldn’t a win-now team like the 49ers give up some draft picks to move up and grab one of these potential stars? In addition, with tight end Kyle Pitts and offensive left tackle Penei Sewell also likely to be available with the third pick, the options that San Francisco has to help Garoppolo are plentiful.
My gut reaction is that one of the big-name wide receivers will be selected by San Francisco on Draft Night next month, but if the 49ers do move Jimmy Garoppolo before then, that would of course open the door for a new QB in Levi’s Stadium in 2021. However, as someone who believes the 49ers are sold on Garoppolo, this trade is about adding talent around him, not dumping him and proving everyone else right and themselves wrong about Garoppolo within their own organization.
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