5 quarterbacks to consider if SF 49ers pull plug on Jimmy Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Zach Wilson, BYU Cougars
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) Mandatory Credit: Rick Bowmer/Pool Photo-USA TODAY NETWORK /

SF 49ers Candidate No. 1: Zach Wilson

Outside of Nick Mullens, the previous quarterbacking candidates for the SF 49ers are likely to be awfully expensive, and the need to win with signal-callers on rookie contracts, particularly when other players are making top dollar on a roster, can be vital.

Just ask the 2019 Kansas City Chiefs with quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his pre-massive deal.

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There’s a strong chance the Niners turn to the 2021 NFL Draft to find Jimmy Garoppolo’s replacement, potentially allowing a rookie to marinate briefly under Mullens in what would likely be a transitional year without serious playoff hopes.

San Francisco isn’t bad enough to land Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, assuredly pegged to go No. 1 overall. Ohio State’s Justin Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance could also be within the top 10 and will go to some of the other quarterback-needy teams. Perhaps the Cowboys or even the Vikings could be in play there, depending on what transpires between now and this upcoming April.

But a name to watch here for the SF 49ers is Zach Wilson, a steady quarterbacking riser out of BYU with a 74.6 completion percentage and 19 pass touchdowns against two interceptions for the Cougars over seven games this season.

Wilson, 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, has all those traits desired in a first-round quarterback. The only question is whether or not the SF 49ers wind up drafting after he ends up being selected.

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And that question still hinges on whether or not Kyle Shanahan and the Niners move on from Garoppolo in the first place.