In case you missed it, the San Francisco 49ers just rocked the 2021 NFL Draft with a deal that now puts them in the top five.
In a successful trade with the Miami Dolphins, San Fran managed to acquire the third overall pick, where it appears they will take on a quarterback to eventually replace Jimmy Garoppolo.
It turns out that the 49ers actually called up the Cincinnati Bengals to acquire the fifth pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 49ers have been trying to move to the top five picks for several weeks, according to sources. They talked about switching with the Dolphins at 3, Falcons at 4, Bengals at 5 and ultimately decided to go as high as they could, according to sources. There were no trade talks with the Jets at 2.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
Because the Dolphins’ pick was only two spots higher, it’s reasonable to think that the trade they got would not have been much different from what Cincinnati was offered.
To refresh us, the 49ers sent the 12th pick and the 102nd pick in this year’s draft, along with their first-round picks in 2022 and 2023, to the Dolphins in exchange for the third overall pick.
But that was not all. Shortly after that deal was made, the Dolphins traded the 12th pick and the 123rd pick in this year’s draft, along with their newly acquired 2022 first-round pick, to the Philadelphia Eagles for the sixth overall pick and the 156th pick.
So if the 49ers had switched to the fifth pick, the Bengals would likely get a similar package that includes the 12th pick and at least one more future first-round pick, as well as another last-round pick or two this year.
That certainly sounds like a tempting offer, but I’m still on the train to get any of Ja’Marr Chase / Penei Sewell / Kyle Pitts to be a home run that will take a lot to convey as neither of them are likely. get to the twelfth pick.
That said, do you think the Bengals were wise to stand their ground, or should they have entertained that kind of offer? Let us know in the comment section and have a great family for the weekend.