Trey Lance now favored over Mac Jones to be 49ers’ pick at No. 3

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There’s a new favorite to be the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft.

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance is now a -160 favorite to go third overall at FanDuel. He has moved ahead of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who is at +130.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is a long shot, at +900.

The 49ers gave up a fortune to move up from No. 12 to No. 3 overall, and since doing that they’ve been coy about their intentions. That’s in part because the NFL urged them to, wanting the draft show to have some suspense after Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson go first and second.

We’ll find out who the 49ers’ pick is in about seven hours.

40 responses to “Trey Lance now favored over Mac Jones to be 49ers’ pick at No. 3

  1. Once upon a time there was a son of a multiple super bowl winning coach. The son got a head coaching job, and he had a very high pick which he used on a QB. He picked the wrong QB, and that led to him getting fired. He never returned to coaching, and I thought he was a great coach. Make a mistake on a QB, and it can be costly. Can you name that coach?

  2. So we are supposed to believe that a team that traded away multiple 1st round picks can’t make up their minds all the way up to the day of the draft? Okay, whatever.

  3. I’d prefer mac jones over Fields and Lance but if it comes down to mobility. Why not choose Fields who has the stronger arm, more accurate and played D1 football

  4. All my anxiety is gone now. Whoever they pick I’m gonna roll with it and support it……until I dont.

    My top 3 for the record.

    1.T Law
    2.Justin Fields
    3.Mac Jones

    I don’t know enough about Trey Lance to judge him. I love his intangibles though.

  5. BB is hoping N’Keal Harry somehow becomes available once again so he can re-choose him in the 1st round

  6. “We’ll find out who the 49ers’ pick is in about seven hours” . That is the most accurate assessment of the draft that I’ve heard to date.

  7. Jets gonna throw a wrench in everybody’s game with their pick, who won’t be Zach Wilson (who has his lone stellar year in the covid year, playing in a mediocre conference).

    Fields goes 2.

    Lance goes 3.

  8. LoL.. give up all that value for a big body qb with very little big game experience…
    In 3 years they will regret it…
    EJ Manuel, Josh Freeman, Vince Young type just doesn’t pan out very often in the pro level…

  9. I said from the beginning that it would be Lance, but this change isn’t a reflection of new information coming out of SF. People made bets on Lance because there was more value than betting on Jones because Jones was the favorite. Now the line has moved to account for the increased betting on Lance.

  10. Now that the NFL is partners with gambling, we must consider that some, or all of this speculation is being driven by the league itself. Anything to generate interest and keep things stirred up til the very last minute.

  11. It just doesn’t make any sense to me that they would give up as much as they did to get Mac Jones when by all accounts he would be there at their original slot of 12. Lance just makes too much sense given his upside and athletic ability.

  12. Members of the media with too much time on their hands and absolutely no “insider” info (since the people making the pick AREN’T TALKING). Hype is coming from media, not the teams.

  13. …and in five minutes it will be Jones again. Then Fields, then Lance, until finally…it’s Jones.

  14. That makes NO sense on the 49ers part to draft a QB, because that draftee might be dead before even arriving to Santa Clara for workouts…

  15. They overpaid massively to move up to 1.3 with the intention of drafting Mac Jones.

    Then they were spooked by the negative reaction from fans and pundits about drafting Mac Jones so high.

    Now they are turning to alternatives such as trying to trade the pick for Aaron Rodgers or drafting Trey Lance instead.

  16. I think the 49ers watched Kyler Murray (twice last year) and decided that style is hard to defend and got a glimpse into the future. Justin Fields’ game seems to be very similar. My guess is they pick Fields.

  17. OBP says:
    April 29, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    It just doesn’t make any sense to me that they would give up as much as they did to get Mac Jones when by all accounts he would be there at their original slot of 12. Lance just makes too much sense given his upside and athletic ability.

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    Who knows. I don’t think Jones will be there at 12. I think the only question with these top QBs is whether the right teams will pick them. Teams with no clue like Chicago or Denver will probably ruin whoever they pick.

  18. Put the money on Fields, you don’t trade that sort of haul for the other two.

  19. Trivia Answer: In 1992 the coach was David Shula (son of legendary Don Shula) of the Bengals, and the QB was David Klingler from Houston. Young Shula was a great coach. He got hired by the Bengals, and before he ever coached his first game, he picked Klingler with the 6th pick in the first round, and the poor guy was just a free agent type. He played a few years and the team was horrible, and then Shula was fired and never got another head coaching job. I think he ended up running his father’s steak houses down in Florida. A great coach doesn’t necessarily make a great scout. I remember young Shula as a teenager on the sidelines of Dolphins games holding a clipboard, before he went on to a playing career at Dartmouth. He probably knew more about coaching as a 15 year old, than many NFL coaches. It was unfortunate, but you can’t blow a high pick. He kind of had the same type reputation as Kyle Shanahan. These youngsters have a target on their backs because lots of people feel that they’ve been handed everything, when in reality, they’ve probably out-worked everyone else.

  20. I don’t know. They say Big Mac Dad Bod Jones throws a very catchable ball.

    If that’s true I throw an even more catchable ball.

    I’ll be waiting by the phone.

  21. When was the last time either Ohio State or Alabama had a top QB make it in the NFL?

  22. My not shocked face. •_•

    Didn’t need to go up to #3 for McCorkle or Fields.

  23. Wait. I thought Florio / PFT said yesterday that Mac Jones was going 2nd and 3rd?! Did I miss something?! 😉

  24. Technically doesn’t matter who they pick if Denver and Chicago pick the other two QBs. Those other QBs will fail with those teams and Shanahan’s QB will appear to be the right decision (even if the other QBs are technically better).

  25. charliecharger says: “Young Shula was a great coach. He got hired by the Bengals, and before he ever coached his first game, he picked Klingler with the 6th pick in the first round, and the poor guy was just a free agent type. He played a few years and the team was horrible, and then Shula was fired and never got another head coaching job.”
    ——————–

    Revisionist history. Klingler was the unanimous top QB prospect in 1992. Seriously, who did YOU rank higher?

    Tommy Maddox? Matt Blundin? Tony Sacca? Craig Erickson? Casey Weldon? Will Ferrer? Chris Hakel? Jeff Blake? Ricky Jones? Kent Graham? Bucky Richardson? Mike Pawlaski?

  26. They will draft Trey Lance because he can be traded, along with other considereations, to Green Bay for Aaron Rodgers. Mac Jones? Green Bay would not do that deal.

  27. “Put the money on Fields, you don’t trade that sort of haul for the other two.”
    ____________

    I’d say the same for Fields.

  28. Fields has been working with a guy who is well connected to the 49ers for months. A guy by the name of John Beck. My bread is on Fields going #3 overall.

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