49ers end NFL Draft drama by taking Trey Lance with No. 3 pick

49ers end NFL Draft drama by taking Trey Lance with No. 3 pick

April 30, 2021

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The 49ers, who boldly traded up in NFL Draft 2021 from the 12th pick to No. 3 last month in a trade with the Dolphins, took their quarterback of the future. The move puts the 49ers in position to deal incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, possibly in a return to his former team, the New England Patriots, who owned the No. 15 pick in the draft.

The Niners also could have chosen Alabama’s Mac Jones or Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

They acquired the pick from Miami on March 26 in exchange for the No. 12 pick, a first-rounder and third-rounder in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. The Dolphins then flipped No. 12 to the Eagles to move up back to No. 6.

The 49ers were one of the teams linked to Aaron Rodgers earlier on Thursday with reports that they had reached out to the Packers about acquiring the disgruntled veteran.

The selection of Lance comes 16 years after the 49ers famously passed on Rodgers with the No. 1 pick to select Alex Smith. Now, the 49ers hope they picked the right quarterback of the future.

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