49ers trade up to No. 3 overall, send Dolphins next three first-round picks

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The 49ers have pulled off a blockbuster trade to move up in the 2021 NFL draft, one that makes clear Jimmy Garoppolo‘s days are numbered, and one that bolsters Tua Tagovailoa‘s status as the Dolphins’ franchise quarterback.

The trade features the Dolphins sending the third overall pick to the 49ers in exchange for San Francisco’s No. 12 overall pick this year, a third-round compensatory pick this year, and first-round picks in both 2022 and 2023.

Obviously, the 49ers wouldn’t give up that kind of draft capital unless they planned to take one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft. Trading up to No. 3 means the 49ers think there are at least three franchise quarterbacks in this draft, and they’ll take any of them. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Alabama’s Mac Jones are all considered first-round prospects.

We don’t know which of those quarterbacks the 49ers will take, but one of them is heading to San Francisco.

139 responses to “49ers trade up to No. 3 overall, send Dolphins next three first-round picks

  1. And the NFC West keeps getting tougher and tougher. If those 4 teams didn’t beat each other up all season long one of them would be SB bound.

  2. Man that is a steep price for 9 spots in the draft!
    They had better hope that a Joe Montanna clone is available.

  3. I do not understand why you’d give up 3 1st round picks (and a 3rd) to move up 9 spots. But I guess that’s why i’m not a GM.

  4. That’s a bigger offer for a rookie QB than the Bears offered for Russ. Wow.

    Well done Miami.

  5. There isn’t writing on the wall, there is a huge billboard out front. Jimmy is gone. He was the guy, until he wasn’t. I’m interested who they assume will be there at 3 overall to have given up that much capital to not even know who will be there. I would have to guess zac wilson? 3 firsts was around the cost of Russell Wilson. So will this pick be as good as russ?

  6. Holy Smoly! The Fins are ranking up those 1st round picks! As a Bills fan, this is very disturbing.

  7. This reminds me of the Eagles and the Bears trading up in recent years and choosing the wrong guy. The 49ers better know which QB is going to be worth all of these draft picks.

  8. what is SF thinking. Ruining their future for a shot at 3rd place. T Lawrence will be long gone by the time theyre up on the board, and they arent even close to the Rams or Seahawks in terms of roster talent

  9. I love that NE fans are happy about the most marginal upgrade possibly available.

  10. Why make this trade now? They must like a QB, but what if someone trades up to #2 for that QB?

  11. This kind of reminds me of when the Bears moved up to get Mitchell Trubisky. That didn’t work out for them very well. But the 49ers must have think they can get a can’t miss – type QB at #3 and were willing to give up a lot to get it. I guess this also means they are moving on from their last can’t miss QB.

  12. IMO This is SF arming up to go after Watson… Jimmy G and #3 for Watson.

  13. Wow, huge move. 49ers are going to be fun to watch. This doesn’t mean Jimmy G is going anywhere. Rookie will sit a year while Garappolo starts. Sorry Pats.

  14. The original Laremy Tunsil trade is the gift that keeps on giving!

    Phins Up!
    Mask On!

  15. SF got fleeced.. Miami how has 12 and 18
    And SF 1st rounders in next 2 drafts

    Plus the 3rd this year. That is a win for Miami

  16. The funny thing is that at the presser announcing the trade 9ers brass is probably still going to come out with a straight face and say “Jimmy G is our QB & we believe in him”.

  17. Niners are betting the farm? It’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for them.

  18. Man, that Tunsil trade to the Texans just keeps on giving for Miami. Great team building trade. So many assets.

  19. Let me get this correct….Laremy Tunsil got traded for four 1st rounders and a 3rd……
    Good God

  20. Either Jimmy is being traded for some future picks OR the 49ers believe in their ability to develop talent on both sides of the ball. Very interesting when Saleh is no longer there to create defensive studs.

  21. Three firsts and a third for a first? Glad its not my team mortgaging their future.

  22. Two first round picks the next three years for the Dolphins! It will be interesting to see which player the Dolphins have their eye on. I’m thinking Pitts. They have the ammunition to move up if need be. Could the first three picks be QB’s? It will be fun to watch.

  23. That is a steep price to pay for moving up 9 slots. Jimmy G is obviously not in their mid-long term plans!

  24. I’d have to agree with the dude above, this has zack wilson written all over it

  25. Just wondering if you could have a proven winner like Wilson or Watson for the same haul? Granted Watson has some big issues now but he’s still a top 8 QB. I’d rather send 3 top picks for a proven winner, no one in the draft is a guaranty.

  26. Let’s discuss how horrible the Tunsil trade and Chris Grier’s front office decisions have been. Pretty please. Lol.

  27. Horrible trade. You dont even know which QB will be there at 3. Outside of Lawrence, and even then it’s debatable, is worth 3 #1’s. This trade is likely for Fields, and that makes it worse. Wilson will likely go 2nd.

  28. As Jimmy hums “Take Me Home Country Roads” while waving goodbye to the Silicon Valley and its $35 drinks…

  29. Wow. Everyone will be talking about the Niners, but this is a good move by the Dolphins. They’ll still be able to get one of the top WRs at #12 to give Tua a weapon on offense and have multiple 1st round picks the next couple years. And those might be high picks if the Niners are rebuilding with a rookie QB.

  30. The very first pick I could see this trade, but the third? Dolphins robbed them blind.

  31. All the moves the Pats made will go right down the toilet if this trade means their next move is bringing Jimmy G back. I don’t know about anyone else but I like my QB’s on the field instead of sitting at home nursing a sore throat for six games a season.

  32. Can you imagine if the QB they select turns into a Trubitsky pick. What a monumental waste that would be.

  33. Why would Belichick want Jimmy Garoppolo back? This is actually really disappointing.

  34. Moving up 9 spots in the draft in exchange for giving up 2 additional 1st round picks. Nice work Miami. I am jealous. I wish my team could pull off a trade like that.

  35. Three 1st round picks??? That’s a lot of draft capital for a QB not named Lawrence

  36. Betting OT. With JJ Watt and Chandler Jones coming and a solid set of rushers on the NFC West. I’ll bet OT.

  37. I’m assuming They are banking on the Jets holding on to Darnold so the Niners would take Wilson at 3 ? Otherwise giving up that much for Fields or Jones doesn’t make sense when they might be there at 12 .

  38. This is a crippling trade for the niners. Sending multiple first rounders is awful. It’s a huge gamble that (Wilson or whoever) becomes a Mahomes type star. Other than that, Miami gets good first round picks for two more years.

  39. Holy Smokes! The Fins are ranking up those 1st round picks! As a Bills fan, this is very disturbing.

  40. As a Dolphins fan, this is bigger than robbing the Texans with the Tunsil trade. Absolutely the best news I’ve had today! #FinsUp

  41. 3 #1sw for the THIRD QB off the board?
    That seems crazy unless the LOVE both Fields and Wilson.
    More than likely the guy they get turns out to be similar in effectiveness to Garoppolo.

    the Dolphins will stick with Tua (I’m not sold on him) and continue building up the team.
    And next year they have ammunition to trade up.

  42. INSANE!!!!! I’d be so mad if I was a niners fan. This has to be the most unpredictable draft in history with the crazy 2020 season, all of the COVID opt outs, no combine, etc. There is NO WAY I would ever roll the dice on a big trade this year of all years.

  43. Dolphins just set themselves up to be the new powerhouse in the AFC East if even half of there 100 1st round picks pan out. The 49ers just set themselves up to potentially be a bottom dweller in the NFC west if this one pick doesn’t pan out.

  44. Lynn put the house in for an unproven rookie? Just checked the calendar, still 5 more days to April 1st. Jed York is probably having blood pressure checked right now (or Oxygen mask on).

  45. I now Pronounce Hall of Famer John Lynch as the new Logo of the NFL.. What a Fantastic General Manager!! Go 9ers .

  46. boltnut says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    I do not understand why you’d give up 3 1st round picks (and a 3rd) to move up 9 spots. But I guess that’s why i’m not a GM.

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    You’re right about one thing, you’re not a GM

    The Niners only gave up 2 1st’s and a 3, not 3 1st’s and a 3. They swapped the other 1st and moved up from 12th pick to 3rd pick.

    And the 1st’s they gave up in 22 and 23 are more than likely going to be similar to 2nd’s if they make the playoffs, which is extremely likely for the next few years

    Not as one sided as it appears.

  47. Didn’t the WFT trade up to get RG3, who was one of very many 1st round drafted QB’s that were busts, and pretty much destroyed the WFT which is still going today.

    Still the same in the NFL there are teams that have QB’s and there are the rest of the teams continually tripping over their own feet to get at least an average QB.

  48. Welcome to NE, as predicted.

    Bourne signed..Hunter Henry. Cam will probably be cut after preseason.

    lol!

    BB! The master. Squeezed Lyncy right on down to it.

  49. We will send that 3rd and JG to Houston for Watson.. this way we can keep the our farm… #thisishowwedoit…

  50. I bet a couple weeks ago they would’ve offered that for Watson… Texans must be kicking themselves

  51. A 49er fan scratching my head over this one. I would have sat at 12 and hoped for Mac Jones.

  52. pftombudsman says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:16 pm
    Zack!!!!! BYU QBs & Niners tastes familiar!
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    Wilson is going to the Jets…. Book it

  53. Obviously Kyle and John feel they better do something with the team they have or they would be fired.

    They think they are a franchise qb away, and perhaps they are. Many a Shanahan have been searching for franchise qbs, only ever found one diamond in Elway.

  54. Mike Oxbig says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Wow, huge move. 49ers are going to be fun to watch. This doesn’t mean Jimmy G is going anywhere. Rookie will sit a year while Garappolo starts. Sorry Pats.
    —- With a cap hit of $26 and $27 million this year and next I highly doubt he sticks around. Trying to find a team who will take on that amount of money is far from trivial.

  55. snowlock2013 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:50 pm
    INSANE!!!!! I’d be so mad if I was a niners fan. This has to be the most unpredictable draft in history with the crazy 2020 season, all of the COVID opt outs, no combine, etc. There is NO WAY I would ever roll the dice on a big trade this year of all years.

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    Lynch will be fired in 2 years.

    BB gets JimmyG back and the whole slew of players he drafted with the pick, including Stidham, Damien Harris, Cajuste, amongst others.

    lol!!

    Genius!

  56. jhorton83 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:32 pm
    Wow. Everyone will be talking about the Niners, but this is a good move by the Dolphins. They’ll still be able to get one of the top WRs at #12 to give Tua a weapon on offense and have multiple 1st round picks the next couple years. And those might be high picks if the Niners are rebuilding with a rookie QB.
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    This is hardly a rebuilding team – it was a superbowl team just over a year ago and but for injuries was a strong contender last year. So the picks might be in the 20s. Before you declare Miami the winner lets see who they and the 49ers draft and how it turns out.

    BTW, Jimmy G won’t go anywhere this year. The rookie will sit for year 1.

  57. If jimmy G. starts losing, then his days in Frisco are likely numbered. Frisco is not putting all its eggs in the Jimmy G. basket. They are obviously trying to get into position to draft one of the top college quarterbacks avaialable. It is insurance against Jimmy G. either injuring himself, or playing poorly. It would be foolish for Frisco to get rid of Jimmy G. before the 2021 season begins. They will give him at least one more chance to win the Super Bowl while preparing for the worst. No sane coach and GM is going to hand the job of starting QB to an unproven rookie unless the team is likely be a doormat. Frisco is far from being a doormat at this point. Besides the 3 first round picks they give up will likely turn out to be low round picks, near the end of the draft order. So, even if they are picking a good defender or OL instead of a quarterback, it is worth the gamble.

  58. Three first-round picks? They must feel there’s someone there that’s worth that. However, given all the injuries this year those first round picks will probably be a lot later than this year’s so it may not be a bad deal. Still, three first round picks? It’s going to be harder to upgrade the team with low salary players when you don’t have first round picks.

  59. All these armchair GMs. I’ll take Lynch’s opinion any day over the comment section in a PFT article.

  60. Steep price for the third pick, that’s more than the Rams gave up to move from 15 to number 1 overall in 2016!

  61. The more I think about it, this probably means two things: 1) Jimmy G stays and mentors whomever they draft for one season. 2) It’s probably Trey Lance that they have their sights on. They probably know that Saleh won’t trade out of spot 2 and will likely take Wilson – he may have even told them that, and Trey Lance needs to sit under a starter for a season to get ready to be great.

  62. Man, in comparison the Trade the Chiefs made to get Patrick Mahomes was a steal.

  63. My prediction is that if Frisco can draft a great QB who is better than Jimmy G., then Jimmy G. is likely going to be let good when his current contract expires or perhaps even earlier. At the very least, Jimmy G. will be retained for 2021, and likely longer, depending on how he performs. Letting jimmy G go after the current contract would save the 49ers 35-45 million bucks annually since the young quarterback will be under the rookie contract for 4 years. But if Jimmy G is good enough to win multiple Super Bowls. Frisco may still keep him and pay him market price. Winning is everything in Frisco.

  64. quest4sixcontinues says:
    March 26, 2021 at 2:32 pm
    All these armchair GMs. I’ll take Lynch’s opinion any day over the comment section in a PFT article.

    Giving up this much, Lynch / San Fran better get it Right.

  65. Please don’t let JG go back to the Pats. He’s broken goods (multiple times).

    Can’t help but feel that Lawrence is never going to be the Franchise (winning) guy. The 49’ers are hoping for Zach Wilson.

  66. Yesterday: Riley gets victor oladepo for a bag of donuts, best trade of the year for south Florida.
    Today:Chris Grier “hold my beer”

  67. If they target Wilson, are they sure the Jets won’t pick him. And then, if the Jets trade down maybe Carolina will sneak in at number 2 spot. Maybe they are going for Fields.

  68. Insanity. First of all, Lawrence and Wilson will be gone. The Jets have to take a QB if for no other reason than they cannot pay Darnold his next contract off his performance to date. The only caveat would be whether this is part 1 of a further trade strategy. But that is doubtful, considering the price paid by Lynch. Maybe they see another Mahomes in this draft that no one else sees.

  69. For the Fish fans that think you just hosed the 49ers, you still have Tua as your QB. Good luck with that.

  70. Just a year ago I was saying you know that GM in the 49ers organization is doing pretty good. You could not get those words out of mouth now.

  71. 49ers could have drafted Patrick Mahomes #8 in the draft in 2017……

  72. I smell collusion coming on between the 49ers and Robert Salah for the 49ers to get Wilson.

  73. jjfootball says:
    March 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm
    I smell collusion coming on between the 49ers and Robert Salah for the 49ers to get Wilson.

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    I smell that the Jets stink and if they pass on Zach Wilson, I am going to smell that for the next 5 years

  74. tbrian4 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:48 pm
    As a Dolphins fan, this is bigger than robbing the Texans with the Tunsil trade. Absolutely the best news I’ve had today! #FinsUp

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    Pretty sure the 3rd overall pick was one of the 1sts the Texans gave up for Tunsil so this makes the Tunsil trade look that much worse.

  75. touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm
    Huge mistake. Once BB gets his hands on Jimmy he will be a perennial all pro.
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    Can’t be an all pro playing 7 games a year. Dolphins fleeced the niners.

  76. “I’ll take Lynch’s opinion any day over the comment section in a PFT article.”

    Yeah, John Lynch said he could win five Super Bowls with a QB like Jimmy Garoppolo.

  77. Jets will take Zach Wilson and 49ers will wonder why Justin Fields is struggling when he isn’t throwing to wide open receivers. Shanahan and Lynch gone in two years.

  78. The Niners effectively gave up 2 first round pics to move into #3. Since those picks are in 2022 and 2023, they will likley be late-round picks.

    The Niners are in great shape right now. Their team looks as good or better than they did in 2019 for the run to the Super Bowl. They will use Jimmy G unless or until he breaks, then they will insert the QB that they get in this draft.

  79. The 49ers gave up YEARS WORTH OF 1ST RD PICKS all for the chance to draft Justin Fields or Trey Lance?? Wow man, talk about overreaching for a QB, this move is going to backfire and blow up in Lynch’s/Shannahans faces, both Lance and Fields will be busts in the NFL. The only franchise QBs in this draft are Lawerence and Wilson and even Wilson to me has several question marks.

  80. tbrian4 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:48 pm
    As a Dolphins fan, this is bigger than robbing the Texans with the Tunsil trade. Absolutely the best news I’ve had today! #FinsUp
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    Can Fins draft someone and actually win something before we call them winners? I mean they still have to draft. Not sure you can say they know how to given they drafted Tua.

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    supercharger says:
    March 26, 2021 at 4:15 pm
    Whoever the take at QB will have no team around him after that trade. Wow!

    I suppose they shipped Bosa, Kittle, Mostert, Aiyuk, Warner, and a whole bunch of others too, right?

  81. touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:21 pm
    I love that NE fans are happy about the most marginal upgrade possibly available.

    touchback6 says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:30 pm
    Huge mistake. Once BB gets his hands on Jimmy he will be a perennial all pro.

    Pot, meet kettle.

  82. Stupid move trading that much for the 3rd pick in a draft where there are two legitimate 1st round QB’s available in Wilsin and Lawrence and a fringe late 1st QB available in Mac Jones.

  83. KC got fleeced to draft Mahomes too 🙄. Well that was the story then at least. Could be a win win trade. Could be a win lose trade. Could be that MIA ends up missing out on a great player by trading back and is stuck with Tua who looked far from impressive. Won’t really know until a few years from now. People talking about Watson or Wilson forget it was more like 3 picks + players + contract. This will free up nearly 30 mil in cap to add other talent next year.

  84. They traded two 1sts and one 3rd. The other 1st was a swap (12 for 3). I wish those reporting the deal could this get part right as they phrase it as if SF gave up three additional 1sts. There is no in between, this move will either result in SF being contenders for the foreseeable future or Shanny and Lynch will be unemployed within 2-3 years.

  85. Why do so many keep saying SF traded 3 1st’s? They didn’t. They still have a 1st this year and it’s better than the one they had. Now, their 1st for the next 2 yrs? That’s a bit much but they didn’t trade away 3 1st’s for the 3rd pick.

  86. That’s a lot of pressure on the Dolphins as well. They have obtained 3 golden tickets and can’t afford not to be better than what they are.

  87. Not a coincidence here. San Fran knows who will be available because they know who Jets are drafting. 49ers former dc and qb coach are now Jets hc and oc. Saleh and Lafleur acting like high school girls letting 49ers know.

  88. This is a lose/draw deal for the 9ers. If their pick isn’t great, they lost bigtime. If he is great, they could have traded for an established elite QB anyway, and not have risked it.

    Jimmy G needs to make it to even a single pro-bowl before talking about him as an all-pro makes any sense. Generally, a player has to play most of the season to even have a shot at the pro-bowl, much less all-pro. JG’s chances are pretty slim right there.

  89. jetfan says:
    March 26, 2021 at 7:07 pm
    Not a coincidence here. San Fran knows who will be available because they know who Jets are drafting. 49ers former dc and qb coach are now Jets hc and oc. Saleh and Lafleur acting like high school girls letting 49ers know.
    _____________________
    And as a 49er fan, we really appreciate it.

  90. MortimerInMiami says:
    March 26, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    The original Laremy Tunsil trade is the gift that keeps on giving!

    Phins Up!
    Mask On!
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    And what exactly have they done with the picks? They drafted an average O-Lineman, a QB who is not the answer and a 5th DB in round one last year. In the meantime Tunsil was all pro, as was Mincah Fitzpatrick.. Not to mention Kenyan Drake being a very solid RB.

  91. I guess they could be angling for Lance or Fields, but they seem like the kind of QBs who are available every year. I think this is closer to the Giants with Jones or Browns with Mayfield – forget draft rating, we want our guy.

    Look at who Shanahan has had and/or wanted – Ryan, Garoppolo, Cousins, Brady.

    Who in this draft fills those shoes?

    Call me crazy, but I’m thinking it’s Mac Jones.

  92. They should be able to flip Jimmy G to Chicago to get their two #1s back. People forget when Garrapolo arrived in the bay and won something like 5 or 7 straight games with absolutely terrible surrounding cast. The guys a great quarterback who just needs to learn how to protect his body.

  93. By the point chart Miami comes out about 1000 points ahead. Miami gets 1200 points from the 12th pick, 190ish points for the third. If the 9ners average the 16th pick the next two years that is 1000 points per year. Coming to 3400 points for a pick rated at 2200. Thats the price for immediate gratification.

    I get why some people are suggesting its only 2 picks given because they went from 3 picks in three years to 1 pick in three years. However, its the same as saying I traded three single burgers for one triple burger. Even thought there is a swap the 9ners do not keep the 2021 pick.

  94. Laremy Tunsil has been a giant profit center for the Dolphins…..and they got good value on him when he was originally drafted

  95. Honestly… not a fan of the trade… but nobody knows if this is a good or bad trade until it all settles… Niners win a Sixth in the next few years and they won the trade. Stop grading a transfer of picks… It’s useless…

  96. Pats’ fans like to call Belichick the “master” and a “genius”.

    If he is, then he should be able to win and make the playoffs consistently without Tom Brady.

    So far he’s off to a bad start. Brady has certainly proven that he can win a Super Bowl without Belichick. Belichick’s response was to go 7-9 and miss the playoffs. Looks like Belichick was a master of riding Brady’s coattails and hanging on tight for a long ride until he proves otherwise.

  97. I’m unsure why JimmyG gets so much hate here. He, with a great defense and running game nearly won a Super Bowl. His 2020 season was marred by a long term, serious injury. The 9ers are contenders until they’re not. But don’t judge their QB so harshly. It’s not like he’s getting caught on tape doing bad things to people.

  98. As a Dolphins fan, I would just like to say Thank You 49ers for 3 first round draft picks to move up & take are #3 overall pick! GOOD LUCK TO YOU ON DRAFT NIGHT!

  99. Jimmy G is just a great run game and an outstanding defense away from going back to the SB. But so is every other QB out there.

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