49ers trade up to 3rd pick is great news for LA Rams
By Bret Stuter
Shakes confidence in whoever starts in 2021
The LA Rams should put on some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the show. This is going to be good. The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the number three pick, likely being content to whichever quarterback falls to them there, and yet have no plans to trade starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at this time?
That is a sure-fire way to mess up a football team’s locker room. The 49ers have already committed to starting the quarterback who has yet to be named in the upcoming draft simply from the amount of trade value invested to move up to get him. And there’s the rub.
If the 49ers believe that they will be fine until that quarterback is ready to start? Well, how’d that work out for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020? And Jalen Hurts was drafted in round two, not a hit-me-over-the-head-he’s-the-next-starter like this 49ers scenario will create. How long will Garoppolo start? Well, the pressure is already on for him to lose his job.
The Miami Dolphins handled it all as well as a team could, eventually squeezing seven starts out of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. And they fell just short of the NFL playoffs with a 10-6 record. Will the 49ers handle this one any better?