The 2020 NFL regular season is officially over for the San Francisco 49ers. The team finished with a 6-10 record and missed the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons.
Here is how the draft order looks following the conclusion of the regular season:
1) Jacksonville Jaguars
2) New York Jets
3) Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans)
4) Atlanta Falcons
5) Cincinnati Bengals
6) Philadelphia Eagles
7) Detroit Lions
8) Carolina Panthers
9) Denver Broncos
10) Dallas Cowboys
11) New York Giants * (move down to 19 if the WFT loses to the Eagles)
12) San Francisco 49ers
13) Los Angeles Chargers
14) Minnesota Vikings
15) New England Patriots
The quarterback position will be under the microscope in the offseason. The 49ers could elect to bring back Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, or they could cut ties and look to bring another option via trade, free agency or the draft.
Alex Eisen wrote about the top 10 prospects at each position going into the draft. Here is how he ranks the quarterbacks:
- Trevor Lawrence - Clemson
- Justin Fields – Ohio State
- Zach Wilson – BYU
- Trey Lance – North Dakota State
- Mac Jones – Alabama
- Kyle Trask – Florida
- Jamie Newman – Georgia
- Brock Purdy – Iowa State
- Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh
- Kellen Mond – Texas A&M
Looking at the draft board, there are several teams who could be looking to add their franchise signal-caller in April. The Jaguars will almost certainly take Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence first overall. The Jets could move on from 2018 first-round selection Sam Darnold and take a QB at No. 2 as well.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of the teams ahead of the Niners on the draft board will proceed. The Falcons have Matt Ryan, while the Lions have Matthew Stafford. Both organizations could decide its time to move on from their veteran options.
The Dolphins and Bengals took quarterbacks in 2020, so it’s difficult to envision them going that route again this year, although both franchises may be willing to trade away their selections to a QB-needy team.
Philadelphia has Jalen Hurts while Denver has Drew Lock on its roster, while Carolina could look to replace veteran Teddy Bridgewater.
The Cowboys will have to decide what to do with Dak Prescott, who suffered a serious leg injury early in the season and is slated to become a free agent. The Giants have Daniel Jones and will need to figure out if they see him as the long-term answer.
There will be a lot of moving parts between now and April, but at least we know where San Francisco is slated to pick at the draft.
Here are the rest of the 49ers’ draft picks:
Round 2: No. 43 overall
Round 4: No. 108 overall
Round 5: No. 139 overall
Round 5: No. 157 overall (via Saints) * Kwon Alexander trade
Round 6: No. 170 overall
Round 7: No. 194 overall (via Jets) * Jordan Willis trade
Round 7: No. 204 overall