John Lynch: We don’t have intel about top two picks, but we like this group of QBs

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The 49ers pulled off a blockbuster trade to move up to the third overall pick in this year’s draft without knowing which players would go first and second. But they have a good feeling that a good quarterback will be there at No. 3.

San Francisco General Manager John Lynch acknowledged today that he doesn’t know what the Jaguars will do with the first overall pick or what the Jets will do with the second overall pick, but he thinks (like everyone does) that the Jaguars will take Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence first, and that whoever the Jets take at No. 2 will leave a franchise quarterback available for the 49ers at No. 3.

“We don’t have intel on what’s going on,” Lynch said. “I think those two teams have been pretty forthright. Urban Meyer’s been on record, they were there watching Trevor at Clemson. Who knows what’s happening with the Jets? Ultimately, the decision we made is we were very comfortable with this group of players at the top of the draft.”

Lawrence appears to be a lock at No. 1, and just about everyone thinks the Jets will take BYU’s Zach Wilson at No. 2. That leaves the 49ers picking among Alabama’s Mac Jones, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Lynch thinks there’s a franchise quarterback in that group.

33 responses to “John Lynch: We don’t have intel about top two picks, but we like this group of QBs

  1. Kyle Trask could end up being the best of the group. The odds are against the best QB’s coming off the board in the exact order that they should. John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly didn’t come off the board in that order. I’d trust Kyle and Mike Shanahan’s opinion on QB’s as much as any coach in the league.

  2. Remember when Seattle won that 1 lone Super Bowl, and then blew there chance at a second by passing the ball

  3. SF is doing what Philly did with Wentz. Philly won the SB with Foles and traded Wentz. SF are hoping the Jets are stupid to take a QB not named Wilson. Wilson and Lawrence are the only QBs worth that haul. Lance and Fields are projects that need time and are higher risks.

    I’m a Bears fan who likes Mac Jones but not in love trading 2 1sts and a 3rd for him. Maybe an extra 1st at most because of his athletic limitations, but mentally he is ready for the NFL.

  4. It appears that Urban Meyer does not think much of Ohio’s Justin Fields. Shanahan does not think much of him either, saying out loud that Frisco is interested in Mac Jones. I bet Frisco is going to pick either Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones or Zach Wilson whichever one is available when they pick, but not Justin Fields or Trey Lance.

  5. The beginning of the end, hope Tomsula is keeping his schedule clear

  6. Jets making a big mistake here. Instead of rebuilding the team with the number ones the second pick will get you they’ll go with Wilson who is no better than Darnold. Put Wilson on Ohio State and Fields on Brigham Young and what do you have? I’ll tell you what you don’t have and that’s Wilson going number 2.

  7. It won’t matter who the Jets take if the QB gets sacked over 30 times. I think they should trade down to get a proven vet OL along with picks, or some proven vet help on defense. Darnold will play well if he gets time to throw the ball.

  8. The Jets new head coach just left the 49ers.
    It’s naive to think the 49ers don’t know what the Jets are planning to do within pick #2.

  9. SF is smart to go for a QB at 3/ a bunch of South Beach fans love SF/ keep up the good work. Bill

  10. Shanahan is a great coach, which is why I’m surprised he’s throwing so much capital at one player, as if it’s not a crap shoot. You need more picks not fewer.

    Then again, the 49ers drafted Solomon Thomas at #3 overall, so maybe they don’t know what they’re doing.

  11. dangerruss1919 says:
    March 29, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    Looks like Jim Tomsula is smarter than this group of clowns.
    Coming from a fan of a team whose brain trust traded two 1st rounders and a 3rd rounder for a box safety who can’t cover, well, that’s pretty funny. That team has a grand total of three draft picks this year, starting at #56.

  12. Two possibilities make sense . The 49ers don’t want to take a chance on another Garoppolo injury derailing their season so they want a QB that can step in and keep things going . That would indicate Jones or Fields would be the choice . The second scenario which I think is most likely they think Vance is the second coming of Mahomes and are comfortable of letting Garroppolo run the team for this year redshirting Vance . Have a hard time believing the 49ers would make this trade unless they believe it was getting them a generational type player . While nowhere near guaranteed for him to achieve that level of play it would point to Lance who’s upside is substantially higher then either Jones or Fields .

  13. charliecharger says:
    March 29, 2021 at 5:57 pm
    Kyle Trask could end up being the best of the group. The odds are against the best QB’s coming off the board in the exact order that they should. John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly didn’t come off the board in that order.

    I remember Steeler fans screaming for Marino.
    When Blackledge ended up on the team years later it was rubbing dirt into an open wound…

  14. But wait, Kyle says that Jimmy G is the QB. if that’s true, why move up in the draft? Why look at QBs in the draft? Kyle and John need to get on the same page. Or not, popcorn ready.

  15. Olyhawkguy says:
    March 29, 2021 at 5:58 pm
    Spoken like a guy expecting to have top 3 picks for several years in a row.


    Not possible he traded them all away….Dolphins looking good moving forward.

  16. Cut the BS John. You do not make a trade like this without doing due diligence on all players potentially there at #3.

    Comments like his are just stupid as hell.

  17. “Shanahan is a great coach”

    Imagine the praise a coach who hadn’t blown two Super Bowls with idiotic playcalling would get.

  18. This seems like a lot of pressure.

    1. JimmyG is a lame duck if he stays.
    2. The new qb will have tons of pressure as weill Lynch and Shanahan.

    Very arrogant to think whichever qb you choose is somehow a lock.

  19. Totally here for all the Jim Tomsula cracks. Y’all are the real heroes.

    I still don’t quite believe that the 49rs are going for the 3rd QB in this draft knowing it’s a crapshoot.

  20. With that type of trade if it doesn’t work with a high 1st round drafted QB winning a Superbowl (which is rare) Lynch will be the next Millen (and i like Millen as a person, player and analysts) and end up calling games on some remote streaming service and the Niners as a franchise will be worthless for at least a decade. Shanahan will probably be done as a coach (like his old man and should be him with the RG3 debacle) though the league does love hiring loser retread coaches.

  21. I think that Niners will parlay the 3rd Pick for a richer set of picks and stick with JG.

  22. Jacksonville and the Jets may not pick a quarterback, but there are teams picking later who would love to pick a top quarterback. Teams like New England, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and Washington may draft a quarterback. They either have underperforming quarterbacks who make lots of money or they have no set starter for the new season.

  23. If you like this group then in a couple years you will be saying oh wow, I should have did more research.

  24. Zach is a lock. Saleh and Shanahan are tight. Lynch knows what Saleh is taking, and it is not a quarterback, it is a tight end, who is bigger, faster, and just as good at blocking and receiving as Kittle, maybe better. jets are committed to darnold. he is actually a good qb who had poor protection, poor coaching, and poor targets. likely on draft day to save saleh face, 49ers give up a 5th round pick to move up to 2.49ers will trade or release JG. get back 20+ million in cap space which will go to keeping key players on longer term contracts.49ers will have a cheap franchise qb for 4 or 5 years. the numbers people on 49ers staff have figured out that paying a qb too much starves the team from paying and keeping key players. this a huge win win for the 49ers. 49ers are superbowl contenders with obvious.

  25. I think they are going to pick any one of these 3, whichever one is available when they pick. If more than one of these three are available then they will need to flip a coin or perhaps Lynch and Shanahan will decide with a game of rock, paper and scissors. .

    Trevor Lawrence
    Zach Wilson
    Mac Jones

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