Nobody knows: Pt. 16
This will be the last time you read a 49ers draft pick in the first round until 2024. That is, unless San Francisco trades back into the first. That’s pretty wild to think about, and gives you an idea how important today is for this organization.
Here is a look at some last minute mock drafts:
Sorry, just not buying Mac Jones here. There isn’t really anything Jones can do that the other top quarterbacks can’t do. Take the player that can burn the league down if he hits. That’s Trey Lance.
Yeah, the 49ers reportedly have narrowed their pick to Mac Jones and Trey Lance. Until they make the pick, however, anything can happen. Maybe something surprising will occur, as the 49ers strike the balance between the need for someone who can play now against the reality that the fans will lose their minds if it’s Mac Jones.
3. San Francisco 49ers (via MIA through HOU)
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
I’m going to stick with Jones here, though there continues to be considerable buzz around the Niners’ interest in Trey Lance.
3. San Francisco 49ers (via MIA/HOU)
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
This is where it gets interesting, with a departure from what we’ve been predicting for the past month (Alabama’s Mac Jones). Lance has a huge arm and the tools to develop into an excellent NFL starter. He has only 17 career starts, all at the FCS level, but he’d have a chance to learn and develop behind Jimmy Garoppolo for a year or two before taking over.
So, more and more folks are leaning towards Trey Lance, with Florio being the only person who believes it’s Fields at No. 3.
The Athletic’s Jeff Howe had a thread that I found interesting:
Where does that leave the 49ers? It’s almost universally believed they’re taking Mac Jones but Lynch/Shanahan are tight-lipped so that’s just an educated guess, not informed confirmation. But if SF thought Fields fit Saleh/LaFleur, wouldn’t it make sense for Fields to fit SF?
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) April 29, 2021
There’s a reason the 49ers put out so many smokescreens. While everyone says Shanahan would fall for Mac Jones, I could see him gushing over Zach Wilson. I’m buying what Howe is selling.
Wilson has worked with John Beck for over a year. Knowing that Shanahan and Beck have a strong relationship, it’s easy to connect the dots between the two. Fields started working with Beck this offseason, while Trey Lance started this past month.
If we’re going based on that, then there’s the order of Shanahan’s QBs. We’ll see if the Jets take Fields. If they do, San Francisco likely sprints to the podium to take Wilson. If not, it’s Fields.