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49ers Trade First Round Picks with Dolphins, Now in Top 3


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Earlier This morning, the 49ers made a splash while general manager John Lynch was in attendance at BYU’s pro day scouting Zach Wilson, one of the top prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft when it was announced that they had finalized a deal with the Miami Dolphins to trade up from their original pick #12 to pick #3

The move, which resulted in the 49ers giving up this year’s first round pick, their third round pick awarded to them after Robert Saleh was hired as the head coach of the New York Jets, and their first round picks in 2022 and 2023, puts them firmly in a position to grab one of the top quarterbacks.


Wilson has been vocal in his beliefs that he could thrive in the 49ers’ system due to the similarities between head coach Kyle Shanahan’s scheme and the scheme he had played with in BYU.


Quarterback Justin Fields has previously worked with Shanahan in the offseason in Shanahan’s camp, QB Collective.


Mac Jones has also been connected to the 49ers, as he bears a striking similarity to one of Shanahan’s previous protégés, Kirk Cousins.


The next logical question is: what happens to the 49ers current starter, Jimmy Garoppolo?

By all accounts, the 49ers are not looking to trade their starter and seem set to carry him into the 2021 season as their starter.

While it makes sense to keep him as their starter, as his familiarity in Shanahan’s system and role as a leader in the locker room are unmatched, Garoppolo’s current cap hit is something the team may want to get off their books sooner rather than later. The New England Patriots have not been shy in trying to reacquire their former backup.


Only time will tell what the 49ers will do. For now we are left with deciding which QB best fits what Shanahan likes to do on the field.


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