Lynch believes York thought 49ers were picking Jones No. 3

Jed York

Admit it, you were wrong. 

Leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, the majority of people expected the 49ers to take Alabama QB Mac Jones with the No. 3 pick. Well, you're not alone in that thinking. 

It sure sounds like even CEO Jed York initially believed Jones, not Trey Lance, would be the pick when York met with coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch on Tuesday, two days before the draft.

“I think he did,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said laughing to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. “I think he did. It’s not like we were trying to keep secrets [from him]. We’re really honest. We just wanted to let the process play out.

"And you never know what can happen, you know?”

The 49ers landed on Lance, and Shanahan made it clear they were high on the North Dakota State product from Day 1. In fact, while many felt Jones was the most pro-ready QB in the draft, the 49ers felt otherwise

"They believe that Trey Lance is closer to playing this season than Mac Jones was," Schefter told Josh Norris on the Underdogapalooza Fantasy Football Live Stream. "A lot of people thought, 'Woah, Mac Jones is smart, he's ready to play right away.' Actually, the 49ers believe Trey Lance is ahead of where Mac Jones is and that he is more ready to play.


"People have these certain perceptions, and the Niners felt that Trey Lance was the smartest quarterback in this draft and the most ready to play right away."

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The plan right now still is for Jimmy Garoppolo to be the 49ers' starting quarterback in 2021, and for Lance to take over when Shanahan deems him ready. 

As we all made assumptions regarding the 49ers' plans with their top pick, Shanahan and Lynch kept them extremely quiet. So much so, the CEO of the team didn't even know until days before the draft.

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