49ers trade up to 3rd pick is great news for LA Rams

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49ers are not going to run it back

A far more frightening path for the 49ers this year was simply to accept the shortcomings of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and construct a roster to insulate against it. Something very similar to the way this team constructed their 2019 roster but simply adding a stronger ability to defend the pass.

While the 49ers can still do that in theory, the flip to construct the roster to enhance the talents of the rookie quarterback certainly does complicate that, doesn’t it? The consensus number one quarterback off the board is Clemson’s quarterback Trey Lawrence. While the choice of the New York Jets is still less certain, many believe it to be aiming at BYU’s quarterback Zach Wilson.

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That leaves many to believe that the San Francisco 49ers will name North Dakota State University quarterback Trey Lance with the third pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.  If it is Lance, it’s a gamble by the 49ers to try to lock up the next Josh Allen.

Lance is incredibly inexperienced and will be a project quarterback even as the third player off the board. He played the position in 2019 and has just 319 passes under his belt. However you feel, he will not be a playoff-caliber quarterback in 2021. That means that the 49ers will be trying to focus upon developing a roster ready to run for Lance, yet trying to win now. That’s such a hard thing to do, that I cannot expect success.