On Thursday night, the 2021 NFL draft officially kicked off the way everyone thought it would: with Trevor Lawrence going No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Not long later, the New York Jets selected former BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Those two picks were basically set in stone for weeks before the draft kicked off tonight.
After the 49ers announced the pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed what the 49ers loved about Trey Lance.
“New SF QB Trey Lance’s psychological tests for the 49ers were ‘off the charts,’ per a source,” Schefter said. “The 49ers considered him the smartest quarterback in this draft class.”
New SF QB Trey Lance’s psychological tests for the 49ers were “off the charts”, per a source. The 49ers considered him the smartest quarterback in this draft class.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
Leading up to the draft, it seemed like the 49ers – or at least head coach Kyle Shanahan – were in love with former Alabama standout Mac Jones.
Most mock drafts had the 49ers selecting Jones, but that changed in the few hours before the draft started.
In the end, San Francisco opted for the quarterback with arguably the highest ceiling in the draft. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if Lance sees in the field in 2021 or sits behind Jimmy Garoppolo for a year.