Texans hiring 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans as head coach →

Analyst calls the idea that the 49ers traded up for Mac Jones ‘a punch to the stomach’

Mar 31, 2021 at 12:29 PM--


Longtime draft analyst Matt Miller is convinced that the San Francisco 49ers traded up to the No. 3 overall pick for Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, and he doesn't sound too happy about it. He grew up as a Niners fan, and the idea that his favorite NFL team might select Jones over a prospect like Justin Fields of Ohio State disturbs him on two fronts—as a fan and an analyst.

"As a lifelong Niners fan, that's such a punch to the stomach," Miller said on the Dan Patrick Show. "I'm trying to trust (general manager) John Lynch and (head coach) Kyle Shanahan, but I remember when they said they didn't need a quarterback and they passed on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson only to pick up C.J. Beathard in the third round.

"I'm still a little gun-shy about trusting this front office. This just feels like something they would do. They would overthink it again, just like trading back to get Solomon Thomas or drafting Reuben Foster in the first round. It feels like this front office is a little too cute sometimes."

The other question surrounding the trade—assuming Jones is the target—involves the leap all the way up to No. 3. Was that necessary?

"They didn't have to go to three, Dan," Miller explained. "I don't think they did. Now, maybe to seven. Maybe to six, which we saw that pick get traded already. But I don't think you needed to go from 12 to three to get Mac Jones.

"I don't think the Atlanta Falcons [were going to select him]. ... I feel like the Falcons would be all-in on Justin Fields, who's a local kid, Trey Lance, who has great athleticism, throws a beautiful deep ball—if they even go quarterback.

"The Bengals aren't drafting a quarterback at five. The Eagles aren't going to at six. The Niners had other options. My hope and prayer, as someone who's still a little bit of a 49ers fan, is that [this] is a move for Justin Fields. And I would say that even as an unbiased evaluator."


Shanahan and Lynch were both in attendance for Jones' pro day in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday. The 49ers' assistant general manager, Adam Peters, was in attendance for Fields' workout in Columbus, which took place on the same day. Shanahan and Lynch plan to arrange a separate workout for Fields later so the duo can watch him in person.



LISTEN

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Brock Purdy has no idea if he suffered long-term injury, will undergo MRI

By David Bonilla
Jan 29

The Purdy Magic ended on Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers. Not because the rookie quarterback's run of solid play ended, but because of an injury, unfortunately. Purdy did re-enter the NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but it was only because his backup, Josh Johnson, was ruled out with a concussion. Purdy didn't expect to go back onto the field. He couldn't even effectively throw the football. The quarterback suffered an elbow injury in the first quarter on the throw that was ruled a fumble recovery by the Eagles. Testing his arm on the sideline, Purdy couldn't throw the football beyond 10 yards. "He wouldn't have gone back in if we hadn't had to," head coach Kyle Shanahan said. "It was that or we were going to have go wildcat. We didn't



49ers Notebook: Mike McGlinchey hopes to stay in the Bay; Jimmie Ward reflects on his time with 49ers; A Jimmy G sighting; Nick Bosa describes injury vs. Eagles; A Joe Staley - Kayvon Thibodeaux Twitter battle

By Kirk Larrabee
Jan 29

The end of the 2022 season brings a whole new set of questions for the San Francisco 49ers -- questions that will start to get answered in the weeks and months ahead after looming large in the locker room following their NFC Championship loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The 49ers have a number of players slated for free agency and will have to make some tough decisions on who will stay and who will go. Two of those players -- offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and defensive back Jimmie Ward -- spoke about their futures on Sunday while also reflecting on their time with the 49ers. We'll talk about what McGlinchey and Ward said Sunday, as well as a number of other topics in this version of 49ers Notebook. We'll also dive into what happened to Nick Bosa



A Game for the Ages - Matchups, History, and More Ahead of 49ers-Cowboys Divisional Game

By JD Salazar
Jan 21

Do you smell that? It's playoff football. It's a time to celebrate. For a few more precious hours, every team in the tournament still has life, still has reason to hope. There are no more guaranteed games, but there's football to be played, and right now is the time to exult in it. No matter who you root for, you can imagine your team finding a way to win, a way to keep playing football, and filling your February with excitement and joy. Right now, there's nothing standing between your team and glory except the vagaries of chance and a well-fought effort this weekend, and hopefully the next. And for those of you who aren't rooting for a team that's made it this far, never fear. 7 of the 14 playoff entrants this year didn't make it into the dance last year. The



Key stats from the 49ers' 31-7 NFC Championship Game loss vs. the Eagles

By Site Staff
Jan 29

The San Francisco 49ers lost 31-7 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Below are several statistics and notes from Sunday's game, which were provided by the 49ers Communications staff. Christian McCaffrey RB Christian McCaffrey registered 14 carries for 84 yds. and 1 TD to go along with 4 recepts. for 22 yds. He has now registered at least 50 scrimmage yds. and 1 TD in all 4 of his career postseason games. He is the 8th player and 6th RB since 1970 to accomplish the feat in at least each of his first 4 postseason games (RB Marcus Allen, LAA/KC - 7 games, RB Terrell Davis, Den. - 7, RB Curtis Martin, NE/NYJ - 5, WR Randy


Featured

Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone