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Scott Eklund / Associated Press
The San Francisco 49ers decided they wanted a top quarterback in this year’s draft class, but they needed help.
Chris Grier is a man of action. The Miami Dolphins general manager seized the opportunity and the 49ers will now have the opportunity to select Zach Wilson from BYU, Justin Fields from Ohio State or Trey Lance from North Dakota State.
That wouldn’t be possible if San Francisco had stayed at No. 12.
Instead, Grier and 49ers general manager John Lynch put together a highly successful deal for the third overall pick. According to ESPN Adam schefter, San Francisco sent the 12th overall pick, a 2021 third-round pick and the first rounds of 22-23 for Miami’s spot.
Grier turned around and sent selections 12 and 123, plus a first round of 22, to the Philadelphia Eagles for the sixth and 156th overall selections.
In a matter of moments, three organizations capsized the top of the April draft.
On some level, each decision makes sense. Is it a rare win-win-win scenario for everyone involved? Not exactly, but close.
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Adrian Kraus / Associated Press
In October, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Dolphins were going to audition the 2020 fifth overall pick, Tua Tagovailoa, to make sure he could be the center man. Thanks to the Laremy Tunsil trade, the organization had the Houston Texans’ first-round pick in 2021.
Lo and behold, Houston’s ailing franchise “won” this year’s third overall pick and put Miami in a position to select another top quarterback. Grier showed his support for Tagovailoa after the season ended, however:
“Tua, we’re really happy with him. He’s our starting quarterback. He did a good job this year coming in as a rookie with no offseason and the challenge of dealing with it all. Very happy with him and eager to see him progress.” here about a [full] low season coming into next year. For us, we are not really talking about a draft strategy, nothing at this point. “
Who really believes in a team official when he says that the organization likes a player? (More on that in a moment).
But by trading the third pick, the Dolphins made a statement that Tagovailoa is their quarterback. More importantly, Grier’s return to the top six will provide an opportunity for Miami to add an elite skill position perspective.
Not only Tagovailoa is the boy, which should provide some relief after he had to prevail this offseason, But the Dolphins can adequately build around the 23-year-old signal caller.
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Stephen Brashear / Associated Press
The clock towards Jimmy Garoppolo’s eventual departure from the San Francisco 49ers has started. That a movement happens sooner or later is inconsequential.
“Jimmy is here to stay. He’s our man this year,” a 49ers source told ESPN. Adam schefter on Friday.
Well, what is it? Is Garoppolo “here or stays”, or is his boy “this year”? The latter carries much more weight, as teams often speak those words when considering their options.
The team doesn’t seem in a rush to move Garoppolo. You have the salary cap space to retain it. Plus, his base salary of $ 24.1 million could be off-putting to would-be suitors, and the organization may want a capable veteran until the future face of the franchise is ready to take over.
Considering this year’s quarterback class has minimal starting experience, the idea of letting Garoppolo play this season and then trading him next offseason makes sense.
However, the 49ers wouldn’t have traded for No. 3, giving up multiple first-round picks in the process, if they were happy with their 29-year-old quarterback.
Garoppolo failed to take home the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LIV and then had a 2020 riddled with injuries. He also missed most of 2018 with an anterior cruciate ligament tear. He should end up elsewhere as he tries to establish himself as a franchise quarterback.
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Thomas Graning / Associated Press
The Cincinnati Bengals did nothing while other franchises restructured the top of this year’s draft class, but they came out of the situation much better than expected.
Cincinnati has the fifth overall pick this year. He doesn’t need a quarterback after selecting Joe Burrow as the No. 1 pick last year.
Each team within the top four could, for the first time, select a quarterback.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is basically a block to becoming No. 1. The New York Jets could be in love with BYU’s Zach Wilson after pro training on Friday, as general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur were present, according to Albert breer of the MMQB. The 49ers clearly made an aggressive move to get the third pick.
The Atlanta Falcons are something of a wild card. But Matt Ryan will turn 36 in May and has an unlimited fee of more than $ 40 million in 2021 and ’22.
The Bengals can watch the draft unfold with the idea that they are practically guaranteed Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell or LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
Sewell would immediately improve a desperately needed offensive line, while Chase served as one of Burrow’s favorite targets during the quarterback’s final year for the Tigers.
A Cincinnati patient can land an elite talent in a position of need after everyone else did all the work to set up the organization for success.
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Chris Szagola / Associated Press
General manager Howie Roseman’s decision to trade in the top 10 came as a surprise.
Obviously, the move created long-term flexibility and added capital as the Philadelphia Eagles enter what looks like rebuilding. At the same time, the short-term consequences cannot be ignored.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via NBC Sports Philadelphia Reuben Frank) reported earlier this month that Eagles President and CEO Jeffrey Lurie “he wants to do everything he can to help Jalen Hurts succeed. “
A trade outside of the top 10 is counterproductive.
With the sixth overall pick, the Eagles could have gotten multiple options in the receiving game to 1) dramatically improve Philadelphia’s skill positions and 2) create a much better surrounding cast for Hurts.
Going down six spots, the Eagles could see offensive weapons Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle leave the board before they’re on the clock.
Once the top four (or even five) quarterbacks are selected, teams will have a keen interest in those scorers. The Bengals, Dolphins, Detroit Lions and New York Giants could add another playmaker.
At that point, Philadelphia will seek the next level of goals. To be fair, the incoming class is deep at the wide receiver once again. Still, there is a significant difference between getting an elite prospect in a position of need and settling for one later in the process.
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Roger Steinman / Associated Press
The idea of Mac Jones of Alabama as one of the 10 best options is getting closer to reality with each passing day.
At the start of the offseason, Jones was seen as the fifth-best quarterback prospect in a high-level draft class. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance all scored in the top 10, while Jones fit in another notch as a mid-to-late first-round option.
As the pre-draft process unfolded, current Davey O’Brien Award winner and Johnny Unitas Golden Award winner endeared himself to NFL scouts and coaches, with some believing he could be the third quarterback out. of the board.
Normally, rumors on social media don’t contain much water. However, both Silver and Simms are well connected within the 49ers organization.
In addition, the MMQB Albert breer He also didn’t rule out the possibility, especially after the 49ers had a strong contingent on Alabama’s pro day last week.
The Niners wouldn’t have made this deal without liking a couple of prospects that might be available, but they likely have a specific person in mind.
Could it be Jones?
Even if the 49ers don’t pick Jones, the Carolina Panthers, whose staff coached the quarterback in the Senior Bowl, own the eighth pick this year and are also looking for a quarterback upgrade.
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Julio Cortez / Associated Press
Some doors are potentially opening for teams that aren’t selecting at the top of this year’s draft but looking to tackle the quarterback position.
As previously discussed, the 49ers could trade veteran Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, though only six squads have more than enough room to take on his contract unless his contract is reworked as part of the trade.
Sam Darnold could also be available considering New York Jets options.
“The draft starts at three. [BYU’s Zach] Wilson goes two [to the Jets], “an NFL scout texted Athletic Dane brugler after the Cougars pro day.
Darnold is just 23 years old, he was the No. 3 overall pick in 2018, and he has more than enough potential to generate interest.
But the demand for quarterbacks is great. The New England Patriots, the Washington Football Team, the Chicago Bears, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New Orleans Saints have no long-term solutions at center. Even if Garoppolo and Darnold are split, some of these squads will be left out.
The idea of these teams entering the season with some of their current starting quarterback options is depressing, especially in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Washington.