Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


Jeremiah says signs point toward Trey Lance for 49ers, doesn’t dismiss Mac Jones

Mar 26, 2021 at 12:34 PM--


Everyone is discussing Friday's massive trade between the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins, moving the former from the No. 12 overall pick to No. 3 while surrendering future first-rounders. That puts the team in a prime spot to select one of the top quarterback prospects in next month's draft.

It won't be Trevor Lawrence of Clemson, who is expected to be selected No. 1 overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Zach Wilson of BYU could be headed to the New York Jets at No. 2. Assuming that's how things play out, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah had some thoughts on what general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan might do at No. 3.

"That's what we expect, and that's Lawrence and Wilson—they're off the board," said Jeremiah on NFL Network's Path to the Draft. "Then at three, to me, I think the signs point more toward Trey Lance, just from a skillset standpoint. When they came out and said (Jimmy) Garoppolo would still be a part of their plans, that, to me, meant they don't have to rush this guy onto the field. Trey Lance has already had his pro day. They could be kind of at the finish line of that evaluation, so that's why I point there.

"But you can't rule out Justin Fields, even though my caution would be his pro day is next week. If you were going to do it for Justin Fields, you would just wait until you got to see him there."


While Lawrence, Wilson, Lance, and Fields are seen as the consensus top four quarterbacks in this draft class, NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms threw out another name as a possibility—Mac Jones of Alabama. Of course, it might cause a bit of a revolt among 49ers fans if Lynch and Shanahan traded that much draft capital to move up for Jones.


Jeremiah notes that selecting Jones at No. 3 would be too high given his evaluation of the quarterback.

"But he's already had his pro day," Jeremiah noted. "They would have already kind of completed the (evaluation) process with him to go ahead with a trade, and we can say he does fit with a lot of the things that Kyle Shanahan really values at the position.

"Where we sit, you take in all the information you can get, and when I see Chris Simms, and I know that Chris Simms and Kyle Shanahan go back to the University of Texas together, and Chris is on social media saying, 'Don't rule out Mac Jones,' I'm not ruling out Mac Jones."

Jeremiah was asked if Jones represents an upgrade over Jimmy Garoppolo and said "that's debatable" and that it is "close."

"I don't think that's a slam-dunk upgrade, in my option," Jeremiah added.

What about Lance?

"Trey Lance brings a whole new world of imagination for your offense with what he can do, and the plays he can create, and being able to use him in some of the quarterback run game as well," Jeremiah responded.

The analyst feels the 49ers can keep Garoppolo on the roster and be a contender this season. Then they can move forward with Lance once he is ready, much as the Kansas City Chiefs did with their Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes situation.

Related News







More San Francisco 49ers News



Jeremiah on 49ers' pick in latest mock draft: 'I am surprised that everything you hear points toward Jones'

By David Bonilla
Apr 6, 2021

With so many smokescreens and teams keeping their strategies close to the vest, it's tough to believe anything you hear when it comes to pre-draft rumors and speculation. Everyone in the media feels the San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 spot for Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, whether they can make sense of it or not. Much of that is based on what they hear from around the league. Their colleagues and other teams feel Jones might be the pick, despite the overwhelming opinion that the selection would be a reach. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks doesn't even view Jones as worthy of a first-round pick, much less No. 3 overall. "Perhaps the Alabama quarterback is a secret member of The Avengers, operating like Tony Stark as Iron Man,"



Graziano: Don't rule out the 49ers drafting Trey Lance at No. 3

By David Bonilla
Apr 2, 2021

It's a foregone conclusion that Zach Wilson is going No. 2 overall to the New York Jets. With Trevor Lawrence a lock to head to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1, that leaves the San Francisco 49ers with their choice of Justin Fields, Mac Jones, and Trey Lance. Many are predicting that the trade up to No. 3 was made for Jones. Others feel that is a massive reach that didn't necessarily require a move into the top 3. ESPN's Dan Graziano warns fans not to overlook Lance as the quarterback of the future in San Francisco. "All you hear is Mac Jones, Mac Jones to (the) 49ers," Graziano said on ESPN's Get Up! "I mean, that's all over the league, and it could happen. He could be their guy. But conversations that I've had in the last couple of days have led me



Trey Lance to hold second pro day on April 19; 49ers expected to attend

By David Bonilla
Apr 9, 2021

Justin Fields of Ohio State will hold his second pro day workout on Wednesday, April 14. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch are expected to be in attendance. Both missed the former Buckeye quarterback's first pro day to attend Mac Jones' workout in Tuscaloosa. Shanahan and Lynch will have an opportunity to see quarterback Trey Lance of North Dakota State in person too. He will hold a second pro day on Monday, April 19 — 10 days before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft. North Dakota St. QB Trey Lance has now scheduled his second pro day for April 19, or 10 days before



Zierlein: Trey Lance is the perfect playmaker for Kyle Shanahan's 49ers

By David Bonilla
Apr 10, 2021

It's been nearly two weeks since NFL Media analyst Lance Zierlein released his last mock draft. In it, he had the San Francisco 49ers selecting Trey Lance of North Dakota State with the No. 3 overall pick instead of Justin Fields of Ohio State or Mac Jones of Alabama. It doesn't sound like his opinion of what head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch should do come April 29 has changed. While Zierlein's colleagues, Steve Wyche and Maurice Jones-Drew, made excellent cases for Fields to be San Francisco's pick, Zierlein stuck with his choice of Lance and defended the decision during a segment on NFL Network. "This is the guy San Francisco should be


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone