No one knows what 49ers will do

Washington Football Team v San Francisco 49ers
Getty Images

If the 49ers know the name they’ll put on the card when they exercise the third overall pick in the draft, they’re doing a great job of keeping their mouths shut.

The prevailing sense in league circles is that no one outside of the building knows what the 49ers will do. As one source put It, the 49ers are “relishing” the attention. It’s also possible that the 49ers may have a current predisposition, and that they will change their minds between now and Thursday, possibly more than once.

It wouldn’t be unprecedented. Recently, quarterback Trent Dilfer said that Washington had told him he’d be the third overall pick the night before the 1994 draft. The next morning, the organization had a change of heart, taking quarterback Heath Shuler instead. (Six of one, half a dozen of another.)

The notion that the 49ers gave up so much to move from No. 12 to No. 3 without having a specific player shows both that they had a baseline comfort level with multiple players in that spot (on Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan said that they like all five of the top quarterback prospects) and that they have a clear discomfort with Jimmy Garoppolo as the long-term answer, given his chronic inability to stay healthy.

“The biggest thing with Jimmy is his injuries,” Shanahan said Monday, “that’s been very tough for us when he’s been hurt. It’s happened two out of these three years, and that’s where it starts and Jimmy knows that. I’ve been very up front with him with everything.”

The 49ers haven’t been up front with anyone regarding the plans for the third overall pick, even though they essentially control the board after Trevor Lawrence goes No. 1 to the Jaguars and Zach Wilson goes No. 2 to the Jets. Still, there’s a risk in building and maintaining a mystery. The 49ers may be perceived as being wishy-washy. Also, and as mentioned earlier today, they’re setting up an apples-to-apples comparison between whoever they take and whoever they don’t. Given the inescapable reality that roughly half of the first-round picks don’t work out, they’re walking into a potential minefield.

Even if they love Mac Jones, Trey Lance, and Justin Fields equally, odds are that one of them will end up being a bust. The 49ers had better hope he’s not the one they pick.

50 responses to “No one knows what 49ers will do

  1. The 49ers are not telling people they’re drafting Mac Jones, because of the backlash the pick will generate between when they tell everyone and make the pick, which would just add even more stress and negativity to what can only be described as a major blunder to spend two more first-round picks, and a 3rd, to trade up for a QB that would’ve been there at 12.

    Enormous pressure now on Mac Jones, John Lynch, and especially Kyle Shanahan to deliver.

  2. I could be wrong, isn’t this Fake News? Surely the 49ers know what they’re doing. LOL

  3. Schuler’s like, Hey! Dilfer’s like, Hey!

    Joke’s aside, the risk manager in me hates this trade. This year. I mean if the trade is predicated on G’s inability to stay healthy, why would you trade up to draft a QB in a year of fewer games, more distractions and opt outs? It’s a 50/50 year where maybe any other year is 60/40 year. You should’ve traded those draft picks for a known quality this year, not more lottery tickets. They probably could’ve had cousins for 2 firsts and they’d still have one in their pocket down the line.

  4. “No One Knows What the 49ers Will Do”

    Well yeah. That’s kind of the point three days before the NFL Draft, isn’t it?

  5. Maybe you should have continued to gash the feeble Chiefs D at 6 ypc for both rbs, and Garoppolo missing most of the 2018 season to a freak acl tear, wouldn’t appear so offensive.

    Sorry, but this Shanahan kid doesn’t know more than BB.

    Very arrogant tone in SF. Fingerpointing towards the qb who helped get you there because you did what you did vs the Pata in the sb, is not a great look.

    Look in the mirror. Lynch and this guy are going to sink SF deep.

  6. Justin Fields is the top choice. he outdueled Lawrence and his accuracy is unmatched. He can be mobile when necessary and can make every throw. after lawrence and fields the other 3 are another darnold/rosen/trubisky group some great things some good things some bad things. def not game changers

  7. Nice.

    This draft will be one of the most interesting to follow in a long, long time.

  8. Hell of an overpay to move up in the draft so early.

    No guarantees the teams ahead of him pick who he thinks they will. No knowing if the QB he wants would be available later for a cheaper price. Currently has a QB known for breaking down each year on a high dollar contract and a no-trade clause.

    Good luck, Shanahan!

  9. The Whiners will end up with an Alex Smith 2.0 most likely considering these lesser collegiate qb choices..

  10. Someone knows, but that someone is a member of the 49ers organization. We will know soon enough. Patience my boy.

  11. No one knows that the 49ers are relishing the attention. That too is completely made up.

  12. They’re supposed to be up front with everyone regarding their pick? I’m not sure I understand what that means.

  13. They’re gonna blow it. Josh Rosen the sequel–they even have the original on the roster.

  14. At today’s presser, listening between the lines, I saw Kyle telling everyone he’s taking Mac Jones & deal with it! He said 1) They knew who they wanted when they made the trade (doubt it was Lance) and 2) that player has shown them even more as have the others. I didn’t get any sense they’ve changed their mind.

  15. Pretty clear they are taking Justin Fields. He is the only one they haven’t talked about.

  16. Did you just compare Dilfer’s six to Shuler’s half dozen? If Dilfer was a six, Shuler was a carton of Egg Beaters.

  17. Brilliant work so far…. Of course they are taking Kyle Pitts!!! Kittle and Pitts would just be unfair, no matter who is throwing the ball. How common is it for a team to move up, ahead of the draft, and announce the position they are drafting? Smells like a smokescreen.

  18. Lawrence to Jacksonville and Wilson to New Jersey is not guaranteed. Even if Frisco put a name on their card, he may not be around by the time they pick. So, why reveal that name if they themselves cannot guarantee he will be around at #3?

  19. Do Shanahan/Lynch know about the concept of statistical independence?

    Garoppolo getting injured 2 of the past 3 years was bad luck, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s any more likely to get injured this year than anyone else would be.

    Yet these two are spending future picks like drunken sailors in order to take a QB that will likely be a worse option than Jimmy G this season, and possibly even going forward (given the bust rate that Florio alludes to).

  20. 2/3 of the mentioned QB’s are guaranteed to bust, the safest bet being Mac Jones who they are likely taking.

  21. I just pray Belichick stays away. He has a man crush on SHattered Glass Jimmy.

    Back when Brady had to sit 4 games, Jimmy was expected to fill in. SURELY he could get through 4 games, right? WRONG. Just HALFWAY through game TWO he was injured and Jacoby Brissett had to take over, and it wasn’t just for the remainder of that game, the Man of Glass was out the following 2 games too.

    When Jimmy got his big chance, he could only manage 1 1/2 games before he was broken.

    And it WASN’T a fluke. Once shipped off to San Fran, he missed more than half the games he was there for, playing in 30 of 64 regular season games

    In the one year he played in the playoffs he averaged an embarrassing 142 yards per game and threw a TOTAL of just TWO TD’s over 3 games. or an embarrassing 0.67 TD’s per game.

    The man just isn’t very good AND can’t stay on the field.

    I think with the new guys the Pats picked up, plus maybe even some quality draft picks, I’d rather have Cam as QB than Jimmy G… and I am, to be certain, less than thrilled about Cam.

  22. For all he knows Shanahan might not be alive tomorrow. Hard to plan for the future

  23. Look there are great college players (see: Leaf, Ryan) who bomb in the pros and guys who were considered projects\2nd stringers (see: Brady, Tom) who become a candidate for ‘Greatest of All Time”, Nobody knows there are too many variables (coaching\team) outside of the kid’s raw talents. So you go with who YOU think is “the guy” and live with the consequences.

    As to QBs it seems like Lawrence is a consensus #1 (I don’t see it myself but I’m not drafting).

    Seems like you can have Fields, Jones and Wilson in whatever order 2-4 you personally like with some people adding Lance and making it 2-5 however you’d like.

    I’m sure the 9ers are sure Lawrence isn’t falling to them but they may be perfectly happy with say 2 of the next 4.

    And if Jimmy CAN’T stay on the field you need to find another “guy” no matter how good Jimmy is.

    I’m fairly sure the 9ers KNOW who they are going to pick depending on the Jets choice. Whether or not it will work out only time will tell.

    And they don’t owe us a damn thing before they submit their card, media get over yourself.

  24. I saw Matt Jones pro day last night. Boy does his passes sail on him when he’s nervous and full of adrenaline. In the playoffs he’s bound to throw a couple of picks to start the game. Good thing he’s shown that he’s a fighter and can bounce back from early mistakes.

  25. Actually, nobody really knows for sure what any of the teams will do. The 49ers just have a couple guys running their team that are quotable. They tease a little more.

  26. portis26 says:
    April 27, 2021 at 3:43 am
    To be fair to Trent Dilfer, at least he started and won a Super Bowl.—————————Dilfer didn’t win anything. The Ravens “D” won that game in spite of Dilfer. Dilfer would’ve had to improve to become mediocre.

  27. hang3xc says:
    April 27, 2021 at 7:42 am
    I just pray Belichick stays away. He has a man crush on SHattered Glass Jimmy.

    Back when Brady had to sit 4 games, Jimmy was expected to fill in. SURELY he could get through 4 games, right? WRONG. Just HALFWAY through game TWO he was injured and Jacoby Brissett had to take over, and it wasn’t just for the remainder of that game, the Man of Glass was out the following 2 games too.

    When Jimmy got his big chance, he could only manage 1 1/2 games before he was broken.

    And it WASN’T a fluke. Once shipped off to San Fran, he miss more than half the games he was there for, playing in 30 of 64 regular season games

    —-

    That’s downright Isaiah Wynnesque

  28. No one knows for sure what the Jets will do. Why announce who they are picking before #2 is on the board…to give the media a good story? 49ers are handling this exactly as they should.

  29. “I saw Matt Jones pro day last night”

    The former owner of Kentucky Sports Radio had a pro day?

  30. Shanahan literally says in the interview that he’s known all along who he’s going to take and the media doesn’t.

  31. Brilliant work so far…. Of course they are taking Kyle Pitts!!!

    —————————————————————

    This will anger Jerruh very much because he plans on drafting him. LOL

  32. Shanahan knows who he’s picking. Coaches NEVER say who they are drafting ahead of time. Even Jacksonville hasn’t confirmed that they are taking Lawrence, and everyone knows that they are taking him.

    In the rare times that they do tell the public, they lie. Why would a coach or GM give any useful information that other teams could use?

  33. Is, has always been, and was the day they made the trade Lance.

    League like some intrigue going into a draft and 9ers are helping out with that.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.