UPDATE: John Lynch said he told Jimmy Garoppolo the QB is still part of their plans, but would not say they definitely won’t trade him.
I spoke to @49ers GM John Lynch after the team traded up to No.3. The move was made to select a QB and I caught up with Lynch at BYU QB Zach Wilson’s Pro Day. From Path to the Draft @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/KTRZbdf1WS— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) March 26, 2021
UPDATE: Adam Schefter tweeted that a 49ers source told him, “Jimmy is here to stay. He’s our guy this year.”
The San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins will swap their first round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal reportedly will send Miami’s No. 3 pick to San Francisco in exchange for the No. 12 pick, a
2021 2022 third-round pick, and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023.
The 49ers brass has said Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback unless they can find another quarterback. Schefter is reporting the team has no plans to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and will hold onto him, but one has to imagine that is not a long-term option. They want to maintain trade leverage while they can.
This move suggests they are making a play for a quarterback in the upcoming draft. It also suggests they have at least two quarterbacks they would be comfortable with moving forward.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to draft Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. The New York Jets may or may not draft a quarterback, but they could also trade the pick to a QB-needy team. It would seem unlikely the 49ers would roll the dice a month out if they were not sure at least one of their preferred options would be there.
The 2021 quarterback class is a deep one in the first round. After Lawrence, the class includes Zach Wilson (BYU), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (North Dakota State), and Mac Jones (Alabama). Wilson, Fields and Lance are all in the mix to be a top five pick, with Jones likely slipping a little further.