Happy Thursday folks. With the recent trade of Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, the quarterback market in the draft has experienced something of a major shakeup. By adding another premier option to quarterback-needy teams in free agency (specifically the Browns, Jets, or Broncos), it stands to reason that there exists a possibility that one less QB will be taken in the top 10 of the 2018 draft.
This affects the 49ers directly, because their need for QB is low, and the unusual glut of QB talent expected to go in the top of first round led to some hopes that another non-QB blue chip prospect could possibly fall to them at the #9/10 pick. However, I believe this may open up a secondary QB trade market after the tenth spot - because there are a handful of teams with lower picks that may be looking to move up. Several teams are in a position where an entrenched (or embattled, in the case of the Bills, Bengals, and Dolphins) QB exists, but perhaps not for long; the Chargers, Giants, Steelers, and Saints fit the bill here. Lastly, there is the Arizona Cardinals, with a new coaching staff and bubkes at the position.
If there was to be a situation where a top ranked quarterback was to fall to the 49ers at #9/10, and, for instance, the Cardinals (#15) found it important to leap the Dolphins (#11) and Bengals (#12), and offered a very respectable compensation package, would you do it? How about the Bills, who have expressed a shakiness in their commitment to Tyrod Taylor and possess two first round picks (#20 & #21)?
At this point, it’s all highly speculative, to the point of being a nonsensical exercise. The big boards will change rapidly as draft hopefuls get arrested, perform at the combine, and checks start rolling into Kiper’s office. What we do know, concretely, is that Alex Smith’s enormous payday just earned Jimmy Garoppolo some extra coin. At $23.5m/year average, and the upcoming extensions for Matt Ryan & Aaron Rodgers (as well as bank-breaking contract that Kirk Cousins will sign... somewhere), any dreams of securing Garoppolo for under $25m/year are history. Way to go, Alex.
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