The San Francisco 49ers will get an up-close and personal look at two quarterback prospects in the coming days. Both head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch will attend Justin Fields and Trey Lance’s second pro days.
Fields will throw again on Wednesday, with only the Niners and New England Patriots expected to be in attendance. Lance will hold his second workout on April 19. The NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says both quarterbacks will use similar drills and concepts as the 49ers do during their practices with Shanahan at the helm (h/t 49ers Web Zone).
“Not only are 49ers brass going to attend both the Trey Lance and Justin Fields second pro days,” Pelissero said. “I am told that what those quarterbacks are going to do on the field is going to be a mix of their original pro day(s), mixed with some drills and throws that Kyle Shanahan uses in practice. In other words, no, you cannot do private workouts this year, but this is about as close as you’re going to get to what a private workout otherwise would look like.
“... [T]here are a lot of people who believe that Mac Jones is going to be the pick at No. 3 overall, but at minimum, the 49ers are trying to be thorough here and fully examining their options.”
Lynch and Shanahan were on-hand for Mac Jones’ pro day in Alabama late last month. Many draft pundits have San Francisco taking Jones third overall. Pelissero’s NFL Network colleague Michael Silver believes the Niners have already made their decision but will continue to do their due diligence.
“I think they already know who they’re taking, but they don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” Silver said. “But I agree with Bucky [Brooks] though, Trey Lance is a very intriguing guy with a lot of upside.”
Lance will show his stuff in front of Lynch and Shanahan on the 19th and has many intangibles that NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback. Brooks believes Lance will give the Niners plenty to think about if he has another good outing during his second pro day.
“I think the encore can certainly be better. Now what you have is Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch showing up and getting the chance to see him in person,” Brooks said. “And there’s nothing like seeing a QB prospect in person. Not only because you get a chance to physically assess where they are, how big he is, how fast and how smoothly he moves around.”
Brooks says the sentiment around the league is that Lance needs to develop and likely won’t be a Week 1 starter next season. But Brooks believes Lance is being overlooked.
“He may not be ready to play, but then when you check his resume versus someone like Mac Jones, they have the same number of career starts,” Brooks said. “If you’re the 49ers and there’s still some uncertainty, maybe you look at what Trey Lance can become in time.”
San Francisco still has more than two weeks left to make its decision. But we should get some more insight following Lance’s pro day on April 19.