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49ers Land No. 3 Pick in NFL Draft With Eye on Quarterback Following Trade With Dolphins

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Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images. Pictured: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 speaks with head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers must have their eyes on a quarterback in the NFL Draft and just made a big swing to get him.

The Niners traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins in order to move up from No. 12 to No. 3 in April’s draft.

The deal was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Miami got San Francisco’s No. 12 overall pick in this year’s draft, a third-rounder this year and the 49ers’ first-round pick in each of the next two years. The Dolphins weren’t done, however, as they flipped that No. 12 pick, No. 123, and a first-round pick in 2022 to the Eagles for the No. 6 and No. 156 picks.

So in sum:

  • 49ers get No. 3 pick in 2021 draft from Miami.
  • Dolphins get No. 6 pick in 2021 from Philadelphia, plus a third-rounder in 2021, a 2022 first-rounder and a 2023 first-rounder from San Francisco, and No. 156 pick in 2021 from Philadelphia.
  • Eagles get No. 12 pick in 2021 draft, plus No. 123 pick in 2021 and a 2022 first-rounder from Miami.
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Schefter adds in his report that there is no one quarterback in mind for San Francisco and whoever falls will be of enough interest to make this deal worth it. He also states there’s no intent to trade Jimmy Garoppolo at this time.

But the performance for Garoppolo clearly hasn’t lived up to the original billing when he signed a 5-year, $137.5 million deal in 2019. This trade allows head coach Kyle Shanahan to eventually move on with his first hand-picked first-round rookie quarterback.

It’s a competitive quarterback class at the top with debate surrounding all but one: Trevor Lawrence will be the No. 1 pick barring a miraculous event. However, what the Jets do at No. 2 is still to be determined.

Zach Wilson appears to be the consensus No. 2 option, but New York has Sam Darnold and continues to publicly support him. The Jets could still take Wilson or trade down to another QB-needy team.

If Wilson is off the board before San Francisco picks, it likely comes down to Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.

The 49ers trade jumped them ahead of Atlanta at No. 4. The Falcons also could be in the market for Matt Ryan’s future replacement.

The Dolphins stockpile picks to continue surrounding Tua Tagovailoa with talent to succeed.

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