The San Francisco 49ers will not be drafting a quarterback in the first round of 2018 NFL Draft, but they will be looking on with interest at those who do. The potential draft class added two more expected names on Wednesday, with USC quarterback Sam Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen announcing their plans to go pro.
The 2018 draft class is expected to see at least four or five quarterbacks go in the first round. The 49ers are picking at No. 9 or 10 depending on their coin flip with the Oakland Raiders. There could be as many as four quarterbacks drafted ahead of the 49ers, and depending on who slips where, the 49ers could find a deal to be had trading down with a team looking for a quarterback.
Darnold and Rosen join Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen as underclassmen quarterbacks entering the Draft. Lamar Jackson has not yet declared, but is expected to do so by the January 15th deadline. The four of them join a group of seniors that includes Baker Mayfield and Mason Rudolph, among others.
Darnold, Rosen, and Allen all could be in competition for the top pick. Allen is a tough one to figure out, and he and Jackson could be the wild cards that impact the 49ers first round pick. It’s going to be a crazy day one of the draft, and plenty crazy in the 3+ months leading up to it.