On Monday, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan wouldn’t confirm Garoppolo would still be on the roster come Sunday, reminding everyone of their own mortality in the process. The Niners own the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday, and are expected to take a quarterback, even if Shanahan is being coy about who it will be.
Even after trading up to the three-spot, the Niners had been saying Garoppolo would be the team’s starter in 2021. Now, they seem to be backing off that assertion.
Then, on Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that there is a “very strong expectation” around the NFL that Garoppolo will be before or during the draft this weekend.
Very strong expectation among other GM’s and throughout the industry that the 49ers will make major effort to move Jimmy Garoppolo before or during the draft. Timing isn’t great with 5 QBs about to go in 1st round, but Jimmy G’s future there now seen as bleak
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 27, 2021
If the Niners do elect to trade Garoppolo, you can bet they are comfortable with whoever they draft coming in and starting as a rookie. This means Shanahan is likely looking for the most “pro-ready” quarterback in the class, which is why Alabama’s Mac Jones is the most popular mock draft pick for San Francisco.
On Monday, Shanahan alluded to the major issue the Niners have with Garoppolo, which is his inability to stay healthy.
“The biggest thing for Jimmy is his injuries. It’s happened 2 out of the last 3 years.” – Shanahan
— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) April 26, 2021
If Garoppolo is on the block, the natural fit would be a return to the New England Patriots, who are still looking to add to their QB room before the regular season and have been linked to a possible trade up scenario to acquire one of the rookie signal callers.
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