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Kyle Shanahan Details Why 49ers Selected Trey Lance

May 3, 2021 1:29 PM

The San Francisco 49ers settled on Trey Lance as their pick at No. 3 on April 19th, several weeks after trading up to No. 3.

Kyle Shanahan was asked by Peter King how they decide upon Lance.

“It’s so hard for me to give a quick answer,” Shanahan said from California.

“His natural ability to play the quarterback position, just in terms of how he plays in the pocket, how he can go through the progressions, how, when no one’s open, that he gives it a chance, that he recognizes it. And how quick he reacts to turning it into an off-schedule play. He plays on tape like he’s a very poised, smart person who’s been playing the position for a while.

“Then you look into the other attributes, and you’re like ‘Oh, I haven’t even gotten to the running skill set.’ I haven’t gotten to the upside of how much better he can get, the more he plays. That’s what made me like him so much right away.

“But it’s also, once you do that, you see all this, now let’s talk about what’s wrong. Why isn’t this a slam dunk? You hear his school [level of play], the lack of throws, not playing the 2020 season. Those are real things. That’s why I’m glad that we had a long time to go through it. Because you love the tape, but just like everyone in the league, there are some stuff you can’t just say it’s a slam dunk. That’s the stuff that worries you about it. But that’s what was so cool about the kid, that going through this process after we moved up to where I talked to him so many times, to have him go through the number of tests and stuff that we have them all go through . . . I can’t tell you how special of a person he is. It has nothing to do with football.

“He’s extremely intelligent. He knows how to handle situations. He knows how to carry himself. The guy that I see on tape that I tried to describe that I see such a natural quarterback, such a smart player. Well, if I never saw the tape, and I got to hang out with him first, I would’ve felt that same way with him as a person and been like, ‘Man, I hope the tape matches this person!’ You know? That’s kind of what was cool about it. The first time you watch the tape, ‘Man, hell yeah!’ But no decision’s set in stone in January. That’s how I felt in January when I saw him. But I was going to do the process right. Watch everybody. Every guy. I can always spend two hours and get myself to like anyone. Then, I go to the time getting myself to not like him. And I see what ends up sticking. That’s what was cool about him through the process at the end. No matter what I tried to do to say, It’s too risky!, all that stuff kind of went away the more I got to know the person. I went back to how I originally felt about the tape.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, IQ

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Vikings Tried To Trade Up For Justin Fields

May 3, 2021 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Vikings tried to trade up in the draft to select Justin Fields.

The Chicago Bears traded up to select Fields.

The Vikings eventually selected Kellen Mond of Texas A&M in the third round.

According to multiple sources, a Vikings coach reached out to Cousins in the lead-up to the draft to let him know Minnesota was considering taking a quarterback at some point.

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Full 2021 NFL Draft First-Round Recap

Apr 29, 2021 7:37 PM

The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft began as many expected with quarterbacks selected first, second and third, but things got wild once the Panthers and Broncos took cornerbacks with the eight and ninth picks, respectively. The Eagles, Bears and Jets traded up over the course of five picks to grab the players they badly wanted with Chicago paying a high price for Justin Fields.

1) Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB
2) New York Jets - Zach Wilson, BYU QB
3) San Francisco 49ers (from Texans through Dolphins) - Trey Lance, NDSU QB
4) Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, Florida TE
5) Cincinnati Bengals - Ja'Marr Chase, LSU WR
6) Miami Dolphins (from Eagles) - Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR
7) Detroit Lions - Penei Sewell, Oregon OT
8) Carolina Panthers - Jaycee Horn, South Carolina CB
9) Denver Broncos - Patrick Surtain II, Alabama CB
10) Philadelphia Eagles (from Cowboys) - DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR
11) Chicago Bears (from Giants) - Justin Fields, Ohio State QB
12) Dallas Cowboys (from Eagles via 49ers through Dolphins) - Micah Parsons, Penn State LB
13) Los Angeles Chargers - Rashawn Slater, Northwestern OT
14) New York Jets (from Vikings) - Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC OL
15) New England Patriots - Mac Jones, Alabama QB
16) Arizona Cardinals - Zaven Collins, Tulsa LB
17) Las Vegas Raiders - Alex Leatherwood, Alabama OT
18) Miami Dolphins - Jaelan Phillips, Miami DE
19) Washington Football Team - Jamin Davis, Kentucky LB
20) New York Giants (from Bears) - Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
21) Indianapolis Colts - Kwity Paye, Michigan DE
22) Tennessee Titans - Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech CB
23) Minnesota Vikings (from Jets via Seahawks) - Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech OL
24) Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, Alabama RB
25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams) - Travis Etienne, Clemson RB
26) Cleveland Browns - Greg Newsome, Northwestern CB
27) Baltimore Ravens - Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
28) New Orleans Saints - Payton Turner, Houston DE
29) Green Bay Packers - Eric Stokes, Georgia CB
30) Buffalo Bills - Gregory Rousseau, Miami DE
31) Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs) - Jayson Oweh, Penn State DE
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Joe Tryon, Washington DE

Trades

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired the 10th pick from the Dallas Cowboys for the No. 12 pick and a 2021 third-round selection.

The Chicago Bears acquired the 11th pick from the New York Giants for the 20th overall pick, a fifth-rounder, and a first- and fourth-round selection in 2021.

The New York Jets acquired the 14th overall selection and a fourth-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings for the 23rd overall and two third-rounders.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Trey Lance Becomes Oddsmakers Favorite At No. 3 For 49ers

Apr 29, 2021 1:56 PM

Trey Lance has emerged as the favorite for the San Francisco 49ers with the third overall pick.

BetOnline has Lance as a -150 favorite ahead of Mac Jones at +150 and Justin Fields at +500.

Kyle Pitts is a long shot at +5000.

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Saints Trying To Move Into Top-10

Apr 29, 2021 1:44 PM

The New Orleans Saints are trying to move into the top-10 of the draft, sources tell ESPN.

While the primary reason isn't to select a quarterback, the Saints would change their minds if one quarterback remains available at their new draft slot. 

Dianna Russini/ESPN

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Jaguars Interviewed Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields

Apr 27, 2021 1:27 PM

While the Jacksonville Jaguars have been widely expected to select Trevor Lawrence at No. 1, they narrowed their options down to Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields.

The Jaguars then interviewed all three quarterbacks via Zoom two separate times apiece. 

The Jaguars talked them through various plays and also got to know all three on a personal level.

Ian Rapoport/NFL Media

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49ers Like Five QBs At No. 3 Overall Pick

Apr 26, 2021 9:03 PM

When the San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 3, there were three quarterbacks they were comfortable drafting and they can now "get there" with Nos. 4 and 5.

Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are expected to be selected first and second, which will leave the 49ers to decide between Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields.

"We knew that there was three at the time," Kyle Shanahan said. "That's why we thought [No.] 3 was a good spot to go to. After going through this whole process, I felt good about five guys at [No.] 3. Yeah, we had a guy probably at first back then, but we knew that wasn't set in stone. And we knew the only way we could figure out a little bit more, especially when you can't work out guys, you can't meet with these people, there's a lot of things you can't do this year. The only way we could go off that is if we got closer to where we could do a little more in-depth thing that we didn't have to hide. We did. In that time, I think every candidate has gotten stronger. And yeah, we probably started with one in mind, but that one has gotten better since and so have all the other candidates."

The decision will ultimately fall to Shanahan and John Lynch.

"It's been an incredibly thorough process, but ultimately someone has got to be charged with making a decision and in this case, it's the both of us," Lynch said. "Everyone has in their contract 'you do this,' and the draft is mine, but I told Kyle from the beginning that he and I are doing this together. And when it comes to quarterbacks ... we have a head coach who is also our offensive playcaller, I will always defer to him. What's cool about that is I think Kyle respects my opinion enough, he always wants it and ultimately, we arrive at decisions, we will and come Thursday we have a pick that hopefully makes everyone proud. But that will be judged in years to come and we have done our best to make sure it's a great decision for this franchise."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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'Almost All' Teams Have Zach Wilson Rated As No. 2 QB In Draft

Apr 26, 2021 11:09 AM

While Trevor Lawrence is the clear consensus top quarterback in the 2021 NFL draft, it has become clear that "almost all" teams have Zach Wilson at No. 2.

Wilson is almost certain to be drafted at No. 2 by the New York Jets.

After Wilson, there are wide ranging opinions on Justin Fields, Mac Jones and Trey Lance. 

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Broncos Want 'Competition' At QB With Drew Lock

Apr 22, 2021 9:07 PM

The Denver Broncos want to add "competition" at quarterback for Drew Lock.

In his pre-draft remarks Thursday, George Paton again said he likes Lock's potential as a quarterback but wouldn't commit to him being the team's Week 1 starter.

The Broncos own the No. 9 pick in the draft.

Paton said the team would consider trading up in the first round for "the right guy" on draft day, depending on who was available after the opening picks are made.

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

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Vikings' Justin Jefferson Expected Eagles To Draft Him

Apr 22, 2021 8:12 AM

Justin Jefferson thought the Philadelphia Eagles were going to draft him 21st overall last spring, but they passed on him in favor of fellow wide receiver Jalen Reagor.

Jefferson then went 22nd overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

"Leading up to the draft, you know, they had all of those mock drafts and people sharing their opinions on who is going to go where," Jefferson told GQ. "A lot of people had me going to Philly. And, I thought I was going to Philly. Honestly. The funny part is, Philly was on the board and then Minnesota called me. At first, I thought it was Philly. But, I answered the phone and it was Minnesota. It's crazy how all of that happened and everything. But, I'm definitely, definitely, definitely excited that I'm on the Vikings rather than Philly."

GQ

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Justin Fields Reveals He Is Managing Epilepsy

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Panthers Discuss Trading Down From No. 8

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49ers To Attend 2nd Pro Day For Justin Fields

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Falcons Open To Trading Fourth Overall Pick

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Jets Trade Sam Darnold To Panthers For 2nd, 4th In 2022

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49ers Were Afraid Of Being 'Left At Altar' With QBs At No. 12

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Jaguars Moving In 'Direction' Of Selecting Trevor Lawrence

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Dolphins Trade Back Up From No. 12 To No. 6 With Eagles

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Trevor Lawrence Has 4th Best Pre-Draft QB Grade Ever From Mel Kiper

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Trevor Lawrence Impresses In Pro Day

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Trevor Lawrence To Undergo Surgery On Left Shoulder

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Mel Kiper Jr. Has Justin Fields Slipping To No. 7 In 2021 Mock Draft

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Justin Fields Leaving Ohio State For 2021 NFL Draft

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Trevor Lawrence Declares For 2021 NFL Draft

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Jaguars Clinch First Overall Pick In 2021 NFL Draft

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Joseph Ossai Leaves Texas For 2021 NFL Draft

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Jets, Jaguars Have Best Odds To Draft First Overall In 2021

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Dolphins Insist They're Not Auditioning Tua Tagovailoa

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Dolphins Want To Test Tua Tagovailoa Well Ahead Of 2021 Draft

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NFL Execs Confident Trevor Lawrence Will Enter 2021 Draft

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