The 49ers might have struck gold with out realizing it.
San Francisco traded as much as the No. three total decide on March 26, leaving no room for doubt that the workforce was opting to pick out a passer at that spot within the 2021 NFL Draft.
Whereas early rumors and conjecture speculated that head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch would take Alabama QB Mac Jones with the decide, Shanahan mentioned he did not decide till April 19 — Trey Lance’s second professional day.
Talking with NBC Sports activities’ Peter King, Shanahan revealed why the workforce opted for Lance over Jones regardless of all of the momentum in favor of the ‘Bama QB.
His pure potential to play the quarterback place, simply by way of how he performs within the pocket, how he can undergo the progressions, how, when nobody’s open, that he provides it an opportunity, that he acknowledges it. And the way fast he reacts to turning it into an off-schedule play. He performs on tape like he’s a really poised, good one that’s been taking part in the place for some time.
Then you definitely look into the opposite attributes, and also you’re like “Oh, I have not even gotten to the working ability set.” I haven’t gotten to the upside of how a lot better he can get, the extra he performs. That’s what made me like him a lot instantly.
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Shanahan’s reasoning may be very a lot in keeping with what scouts and analysts mentioned about Lance from the get-go: Whereas uncooked, Lance’s pure bodily attributes could also be the perfect within the 2021 draft class and his intelligence and soccer IQ additionally play a giant half into who he’s as a passer.
After scouting Lance and watching extra tape, Shanahan and Lynch got here to an settlement that Lance can be the man at No. three total, resulting in his choice on April 29. Whereas Shanahan mentioned he covets first-round picks, he understands the value to pay is value it for a participant of a excessive caliber.
Shanahan did not inform the coaches on the workforce that Lance can be the decide till Trevor Lawrence’s identify was known as on draft evening.
Whereas Lance is anticipated to get time on the sphere this season, for now, the 49ers nonetheless have Jimmy Garoppolo forward of Lance on the depth chart, although commerce rumors counsel Garoppolo might go earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season.
The 49ers gave up two future first-round picks so as to transfer as much as the third-overall decide. Now it is as much as Lance to show them proper.