No. 1: New York Giants
Like the Jaguars, the New York Giants also are in a position where they need to think about a quarterback soon while also having a player commodity to dish out.
That player, of course, is wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. — someone who has already been linked to the 49ers this offseason.
San Francisco clearly could benefit from a top-tier wideout, especially after second-year pro Kendrick Bourne led all Niners wideouts with just 487 yards. Unlike Jalen Ramsey, Beckham doesn’t come with a cheap price tag. He signed a five-year, $90 million contract early in 2018 and would count for $21 million against the cap in 2019.
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That’s quite a lot for a player who’s missed 16 games the last two years.
Still, Beckham is only 26 years old and just entering the prime of his career. One can only think the type of impact he’d have within head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
So, why would the Giants make such a move?
A year ago, New York elected not to find the heir apparent to veteran quarterback Eli Manning. And while his numbers were exactly putrid, it’s pretty clear the G-Men compounded their problems by selecting running back Saquon Barkley in Round 1 last year instead of Manning’s replacement. Even if Barkley is a generational talent.
Selecting at No. 6, one spot ahead of Jacksonville, a Beckham-to-49ers deal and a pick swap might be enough for New York to both clear cap space and land its future quarterback.
The Niners, meanwhile, get their true No. 1 wide receiver.