By the time the 49ers traded for third in next month’s draft, their intentions became clear: San Francisco will draft a quarterback.
The 49ers don’t dispute that.
“To get to 3 we had to feel good that there would be three guys that we would feel comfortable leading our team with for a long time,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said, via Cam Inman of bayareanewsgroup .com. “There is a chance of getting there with four or five. There are five guys who are sort of at this party.
Who will this quarterback be?
Shanahan, who “doesn’t like going to pro days,” attends Alabama Pro Day on Tuesday to watch Mac Jones.
It was important, Shanahan noted on Monday, that the team did not shake hands until the trade was over.
“Now that you’ve got three of you, you don’t have to hide so much,” Shanahan said, via SI.com’s Albert Breer.
Shanahan added that the 49ers touched with agent Justin Fields, and the Ohio State quarterback will have another professional day before the draft.
The 49ers paid the price to move up to third place overall to clinch their quarterback of the future. The Dolphins sent the third overall pick to San Francisco in exchange for the No.12, the compensatory third-round pick the 49ers received when the Jets hired Robert Saleh as their head coach, a 2022 first-round pick. and a first-round pick in 2023.
General manager John Lynch said on Monday the 49ers were afraid of being left at the altar.
“We paid a premium by doing it early, and why was that important: I remember one thing Bill Walsh was talking about when I was at Stanford, is you have to beat your opponent with the punch.” Lynch said, via Inman.