Fans and media around the country are dying to know who the 49ers will take with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft Thursday night. You think you have it bad, imagine being one of the quarterbacks who will be waiting to have his name called.
Prior to head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch's press conference Monday afternoon, NFL media's Ian Rapoport spoke on NFL Network about how the 49ers will move forward these next few days.
"I don't know that they're still grinding tape or whatever," Rapoport said. "I think that part is probably done. But this is about getting all of the other information they can. I would also add, the 49ers are not going to make this public until No. 3, which means they are not going to tell either party that they are the pick. So, this mystery will probably last for at least another [three] days or so."
In the press conference Monday afternoon, Shanahan continued to keep the entire league on its toes.
"So, do we know exactly who we want? Maybe, probably, but maybe not," Shanahan said. "I don't feel like we need to say that, and that's not just for our case, but lots of stuff happens between now and the draft and we don't want the whole league knowing exactly what you're set on four days before the draft."
Not even two hours after Rapoport's report, Shanahan confirmed that they will continue to keep pick No. 3 close to the vest until the name is called.
"We also care about a lot of people that have been involved in this and we got to know a lot of people and stuff and those are the types of questions, like narrowing it down or who's been eliminated or things like that, that one, I don't know if I want the league to know. I don't think it necessarily helps and that's why no one's really going to know whether we know or not until we pick. That's kind of what we're comfortable keeping it at."
The speculation will continue, and will not end until the name is finally revealed Thursday night. Until then, the 49ers will keep you guessing.