Kyle Shanahan: We feel good about all five top quarterback prospects

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The 49ers traded up to No. 3 overall on March 26. They gave up a lot — the 12th overall choice this year, 2022 first and third-round choices and a 2023 first-round selection to the Dolphins — to move up nine spots.

The moment they executed the trade it became obvious the 49ers were drafting a quarterback not named Trevor Lawrence or Zach Wilson, the presumptive first two choices of the Jaguars and Jets respectively. Still, weeks later, no one outside the organization knows for certain who the team’s choice will be come Thursday.

The 49ers reportedly are choosing between Trey Lance and Mac Jones.

So how does a team move up without knowing exactly who they are going to take? That idea seems preposterous to many, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the top five quarterback prospects have improved their candidacy since the trade.

“When we made this decision, we knew that were five guys that we felt that we’d be OK with taking,” Shanahan said Monday. “You know, we knew there were three at the time exactly. That’s why he thought three was a good spot to go to. After going through this whole process, I feel good about five guys at three. Yeah, we had a guy probably at first back then, but we knew that wasn’t set in stone, and we knew the only we could figure out a little bit more, especially when you can’t work out guys; you can’t meet with these people. There’s a lot of things you can’t do this year. The only way we can go off that is if we got closer to where we could do a little bit more in-depth thing that we didn’t have to hide, and we did. In that time, I think every candidate has gotten stronger. Yeah, we probably started with one in mind, but that one’s gotten better since and so have all the other candidates.

“Do we know exactly who we want? Maybe, probably. But maybe not. I don’t feel like we need to say that. That’s not just for our case, but like lots of stuff happens between now and the draft, and you don’t want the whole league knowing exactly what you’re set on four days before the draft, and we also care about a lot of people that have been involved in this. We’ve gotten to know a lot of people and stuff. Those are the types of questions like narrowing it down, or who’s been eliminated or things like that that I don’t know if I want the league to know. I don’t think it necessarily helps. You’re only really going to know whether we know or not until we pick, and that’s kind of what we’re comfortable keeping it at.”

After making their choice Thursday, the 49ers’ brain trust surely will say they picked the quarterback the team had in mind March 26 when it made the trade. Whether he was or he wasn’t, we might never know.

6 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: We feel good about all five top quarterback prospects

  1. Good luck, I mean if any of them are even alive on draft day. I think his hat is on too tight.

  2. “When we made this decision, we knew that were five guys that we felt that we’d be OK with taking,” Shanahan said Monday.

    These are supposed to be the smartest guys in the room when it comes to drafting players yet they never see a QB that’s a bust in the 1st rounder, I’ve pin-pointed dozens of QB busts before the draft since 2000 and most were spot on like Johnny Foosballs, Trubisky, Lynch, Maroita, Bortles, Manuel, Weeden, Locker, Ponder and Tebow to name a few. I only see three QBs worth a 1st round pick this year and one isn’t even on anyone’s board as a 1st rounder, Trask the third best QB in this draft behind Jones and Lawernce.

    BTW I have Jones ahead of Lawrence based on Lawrence going to the Jags and Jones going to SF or NYJ, I like Myer as a college HC but I think he’ll struggle just to tread water in the NFL, this is a completely different animal.

  3. Meanwhile the Miami Dolphins are gleefully counting the motherlode of draft choices they’ve accumulated over the next 3 years. Personally, I don’t see any player in the 2021 draft that is worth what the 49ers spent to get him. The 2020 season was a mess for most college teams and players so I would’ve thought NFL teams would be a bit more reserved during this year’s draft.

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