49ers NFL Draft: 5 day-two quarterbacks John Lynch should look at
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers seem like they’re sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, but these day-two prospects could be targets in the NFL Draft this April.
While there’s still the possibility the San Francisco 49ers make a blockbuster move to shake things up from their current starting quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, the growing evidence suggesting Jimmy G remains the starter in 2021 is hard to ignore.
According to one report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler (h/t Bleacher Report), it’s going to be Garoppolo or a “big swing” this offseason.
Big swings are hard to come by, and the only logical one would be the Niners going after Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in this case. And the report also seems to indicate San Francisco won’t use its first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, No. 12 overall, on one of the upper-echelon quarterback prospects either.
That doesn’t eliminate day-two possibilities, though.
It’s possible, perhaps even likely the 49ers target and select a quarterback in Rounds 2 or 3 of this year’s draft, letting that player sit and develop behind Garoppolo in a backup role (the Niners need help there, too) with the possibility of taking over as a long-term starter in 2022 or later.
If that’s the case, general manager John Lynch and Co. might be wise to put these five day-two quarterbacks on the team’s radar between now and April’s draft.
49ers Target No. 5: Kyle Trask, Florida
No getting around it: Florida quarterback Kyle Trask had an absolute meltdown against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, tossing three interceptions against zero touchdowns in the Gators’ ugly 55-20 defeat at the hands of the Sooners.
But when considering the 6-foot-5, 240-pound quarterback did a good job protecting the ball before that debacle, tossing 43 touchdowns against only five picks in 12 games, it’s not exactly fair to pin one bad game on him as an indicator of how he’ll perform at the pro level. He was, after all, missing some of his top receiving weapons including a likely first-round selection, tight end Kyle Pitts.
The good news, at least for teams like San Francisco, is that game all but guaranteed Trask won’t be a late first-round pick in the draft.
As far as Trask’s pocket awareness, it’s good. And if he develops within a good system, Trask should be effective at the NFL level, too.
If the 49ers are sold on him, using a second-round selection should fully be in play.