The Niners essentially placed their future in Lance’s hands, sending three first-round picks to Miami to qualify for the dynamic double-threat quarterback. San Francisco doesn’t have a first-round pick until 2024 and is also excluded from the third round in 2022.
Some viewed the price GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan paid as a revolutionary amount. Shanahan, however, said The Rich Eisen show on Monday he believes that if the Niners had not made a leap forward at the start of the process, someone would have done so, and the cost could have been even higher.
“I actually believe if we didn’t, someone else would end up doing it, and that price will only go up,” Shanahan said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “It was a decision we all had to make. Me, John, Jed (York), and once we did we never really looked back, and what changed is I think about how you feel when you walk through this kind of things. ”
The Niners got aggressive before landing on Lance as a future caller. Shanahan noted on Monday that the club had considered several options, including the potential addition of a veteran to improve the position and ultimately move on from Jimmy Garoppolo.
“To feel what I did, especially about [Alabama QB Mac Jones] and then about Trey and where we were at and what happened with (Matthew Stafford) and (Deshaun Watson), we knew early on that “Hey, we have to be aggressive to get one” and “Where was it stain? ”Shanahan said. “We looked at everyone else. We looked at the fourth choice, we looked at the fifth choice, and the third was the one that was most likely to move a month in advance. ”
It’s certainly possible that another team that fell in love with Lance could have paid a hefty price to climb to No. 3 behind the Jags, who were ready to take on Trevor Lawrence, and the Jets, who targeted Zach Wilson.
Rumors raged ahead of the draft that if the Niners had selected Jones at three, there might have been a market for the Falcons at No.4 to trade their pick for a club looking to hook Lance. Those rumors turned to dust when San Francisco selected the talented NDSU product and ultimately paired Shanahan with an ultra-talented dual threat QB who can expand his offense.