Jags, Niners commit to QB picks

March 30, 2021

Jags, Niners commit to QB picks … Normally at this time of year just over a month to the draft, teams tend to be tight-lipped about their upcoming pick, even those teams with very high selections for which it seems pretty obvious who the pick is going to be. Not so much this year though. Jacksonville head coach Urban Meyer, for example, pretty much indicated that the Jaguars would be taking Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence with the first pick overall at next month’s draft. Said Meyer in an interview on NBC Sports when asked by Peter King about Lawrence and the #1 pick:””I’d have to say that’s the direction we’re going. I’ll leave that up to the owner when we make that decision official. But I’m certainly not stepping out of line that that’s certainly the direction we’re headed.” Of course, that’s been pretty much a given since the Jaguars wrapped up the first pick late last season.

Meanwhile, San Francisco G.M. John Lynch, who moved up into the #3 pick behind Jacksonville and the NY Jets in a blockbuster deal with Miami last week, also made little secret about the fact that the 49ers would also be taking a QB with the pick, although he wouldn’t indicate which one. Of course, that will depend on what the Jags and Jets do with the first two picks. However, there is a growing buzz around the league that the 49ers might be leaning toward Mac Jones of Alabama which would be a bit of a surprise as he’s generally rated behind Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Trey Lance of North Dakota State. In fact, Lynch and Niners’ head coach Kyle Shanahan will reportedly be attending Jones’ pro day throwing session at Alabama later today rather than Fields outing up at Ohio State. Lynch also indicated that, at least for now, the 49ers intend to hang onto incumbent starter Jimmy Garoppolo. ‘At least for now’ though is the operative phrase as Lynch also indicated he’d listen to offers. Translated it means make us an offer we can’t refuse and he’s yours, but we aren’t going to just give him away.