49ers make blockbuster trade to get No. 3 pick, Seahawks praying they choose wrong QB


The NFC West is a gift that keeps on giving, though it might be better described as a nightmare that you can't wake up from.

Adam Schefter reported on Friday that the 49ers made a blockbuster trade with the Dolphins in order to acquire the third-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In exchange, San Francisco sent Miami this year's No. 12 pick, a 2022 third-round pick and first-rounders in 2022 and 2023.

This means, of course, that the 49ers will select their quarterback of the future. Schefter added that San Francisco is comfortable with the entire QB draft class to the point where the team isn't concerned who goes No. 1 and No. 2. Trevor Lawrence will surely go first overall to the Jaguars, which means the Jets will dictate who is left for the 49ers at No. 3 based on who they take with the second pick.

That's sort of a wild approach for San Francisco to take given they passed on both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson in 2017. Alternatively, with the 49ers owning the 12th pick this year, this was likely their last chance to be within striking distance for a possible trade to move into the top five.

San Francisco will be picking from Ohio State's Justin Fields, North Dakota State's Trey Lance, BYU's Zach Wilson and Alabama's Mac Jones (one of whom will be taken by the Jets, of course).

Jimmy Garoppolo is likely to remain the 49ers starter in 2021 before being moved or cut next offseason. Having a quarterback on a rookie contract will allow San Francisco to pay Nick Bosa and keep it's loaded roster together for years to come. Should they hit on the pick, the 49ers will be automatic contenders for the duration of that quarterback's rookie deal.


There is another side to the coin, though. The 49ers have now put all of their eggs into this draft pick. Getting it wrong and missing on this quarterback, something that isn't at all uncommon in the NFL, would be a massive blow to the franchise's immediate future.

For the Seahawks sake, John Schneider and Pete Carroll are hoping their division rival gets this one wrong.