The first blog will cover my favorite player in the NFL Draft, Trey Lance. Even before the 49ers traded up to the 3rd pick Trey lance was who I was praying they’d go get (and figured a trade up would be needed). The moment they moved up to #3 it cemented my thought that Trey Lance will be the future QB of the 49ers for years to come.
This was the perfect time to go trade up for the future QB. Jimmy G, as much as I love the man, can’t stay healthy for more than an hour. He has two years left on his deal and we can get out of his contract with no dead money at any time. The main reason this was the perfect time to trade up is because the 49ers expect to be picking at 25 and up in future drafts because of the talent on the roster and coaching staff. While some say we gave up soooo much to move up 9 spots, if you break it down it’s not as much as it looks. People say it was three 1st and a 3rd round pick. In reality it’s two 1st round picks as we got a 1st round pick back (3rd pick this year) in the deal. Two 1st and a 3rd rounder are the same number of picks the Seattle Seahawks just gave up last season to get Jamal Adams. A freakin safety. Now obviously Lynch and Shanahan are much smarter than the Seahawks management, I am not comparing the two but giving some perspective. It was a perfect trade, at the perfect time. Trey Lance could use some time to adjust so keeping Jimmy (which they have stated multiple times is the plan) for one more year is a great plan for a Super Bowl ready team. When Jimmy plays, he wins, and if he gets hurt (as usual) Trey Lance should be good to go whether its late in 2021 and he will definitely be ready for a coming out party in 2022. I don’t want to compare to Patrick Mahomes, but I believe he will have an All-pro season right out of the gate if he is able to sit for an entire year. Then we can easily cut or trade Jimmy G with no dead cap on the books.
While there have been rumors of Mac Jones being the pick and then after Justin Fields’ second pro day everyone had him being the pick, I find this all to be laughable that people think the 49ers are leaking this info. Since the Shanahan and Lynch era began, they have been phenomenal about keeping everything in house. From the Jimmy G trade, Dee Ford trade, Trent Williams trade, Richard Sherman signing, not a single leak. The fact people think that every GM and every reporter “knows Mac Jones is the pick” seems very obvious that will not be the pick. It will be Trey Lance, it has always been Trey Lance. I’m sure after Trey Lance’s second pro day today everyone will start predicting him to be the pick too.
With all of that let’s start with my first Mock Draft for 2021. No trades in this version.