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Old tweet from QB prospect Jones shows love for Jimmy G

/ by Alex Didion
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The 49ers will be selecting a quarterback at No. 3 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, and if they end up choosing to select Mac Jones, the Alabama product has shown his love in the past for the franchise's current QB.

Back in 2015, Jones fired off a tweet calling Garoppolo a "gunslinger" and saying he was a fan.

Jones was in high school at the time, and Garoppolo was entering his second NFL season with the New England Patriots. Just a few days before Jones sent this out, Garoppolo had completed 20-of-30 passes for 159 yards and an interception in a preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Jones is part of a trio of QB prospects the 49ers likely are zeroing in on to select at No. 3, along with Ohio State's Justin Fields and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars before the New York Jets have a decision to make at No. 2.

Jones helped lead a stacked Alabama team to a national championship in 2020, vanquishing Fields and the Buckeyes 52-24 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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Ironically, it was the same field where Garoppolo and the 49ers came up just short of beating Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.

Jones generally isn't among the top-four picks in most expert mock drafts, but there is reason to believe the 49ers have an affinity for the QB. With Fields and Jones having pro days on the same date, 49ers coach Shanahan told reporters he will be attending Jones' pro day in person.

 

Given that the 49ers once again put their public support behind Garoppolo on Monday, whoever the 49ers select at No. 3 might not be the starter from Day 1.

Jones hasn't tweeted about Garoppolo since, but perhaps he'd enjoy the chance to learn from the "gunslinger" at the NFL level.

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