We still have two full days to go. After a press conference that came off as both venting with a hint of frustration, I’m fascinated to see if it’ll continue to be Mac Jones at No. 3 overall. Plus, what’s next with Jimmy?
San Francisco 49ers
North Dakota State · QB
The North Dakota State product gives Kyle Shanahan a raw — but talented — dual-threat playmaker who has tremendous upside.
Pick 15 New England Patriots
Ohio State · QB
Perhaps Bill Belichick changes his ways and selects a quarterback in the first round. Fields is a five-star talent who offers big-play potential in both the run and pass games.
“How are your Zooms with the 49ers, Trey?” Eisen came out and asked the quarterback during The Rich Eisen Show.
“I actually ... um,” Lance said before pausing, as if he were carefully choosing his next words.
“They’ve been going well,” he continued. “I haven’t had any more with them than I’ve had with any other team. But definitely looking forward to [the draft], like said, finding out where I’m going to be. I wish I knew, just as much as you do. Probably more. But I really don’t know where I’m going to end up at. So, hopefully, Thursday, we’ll find out.”
“Just a couple of phone calls, really, has been the most,” Lance responded. “I don’t even know if I’ve had a Zoom with them in the last four weeks, honestly. Maybe one Zoom with them. But other than that, it’s just been phone calls, and not like it’s an everyday thing or anything like that. Just their regular housekeeping, making sure they’ve got my contact info, things like that.”
- 1. Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
- 2. Jets: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)
- 3. 49ers: QB Zach Wilson (BYU)
“I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday,” Shanahan said.
Um OK. I’m not sure that’s the answer I would have gone with, but to each their own. Also, I have to say, this would be like my wife asking me to plan a date for this weekend and I respond by saying, “I can’t guarantee we’re even going to be alive this weekend, so there’s no point to planning a date.” It’s not going to go over well and I don’t think Jimmy is going to be too thrilled when he hears Shanny’s comments.
Well for one, the Saints will have to give up even more pieces just to make the money work. Some key defensive and offensive pieces will go, as will either one of their incumbent signal callers.
But here’s the kicker: New Orleans is still a Sean Payton-led team, and it still has a pair of stellar backs in Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. They might not have a defense if this trade goes through, but they’ll definitely be in games with these offensive pieces led by someone of Garoppolo’s caliber, who is at least a two-tier upgrade over either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston.
Now, the bad (or at least the part that should worry a sizable portion of the Jets’ or 49ers’ fan base): If the pick, like most experts believe, is Jones, and if Jones was picked specifically because of the things he does that do not involve his legs (accuracy, pocket presence, recall, progressing through reads), then why wasn’t he at all involved in the conversation at No. 2? And to which team does this represent a massive shortcoming?