49ers build around Jimmy Garoppolo in 4-round mock NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
The 49ers are looking more like they’ll stick with Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, but they end up getting him some added support in this mock NFL Draft.
If the San Francisco 49ers are intent to move on from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason, they’ve remained awfully quiet about it.
True, general manager John Lynch has said all the right things about committing to Jimmy G in 2021 while also acknowledging the need to add some added depth behind him on the quarterbacking depth chart.
But with each passing week, it would seem as if the Niners aren’t interested in making a blockbuster change under center. They’ve been coy about trade talks with other starting-caliber quarterbacks. And it doesn’t appear as if Garoppolo is being dangled on the trade market either. And while those intentions could ultimately change in the upcoming NFL Draft, particularly if Lynch uses the team’s first pick on a high-profile signal-caller, that wouldn’t automatically mean Garoppolo is out of the picture in 2021.
If there is a general consensus about Jimmy G, aside from his unfortunate injury reputation, it’s the notion he’s not capable of proverbially “carrying a team” on his shoulders. Can he be effective at engineering a successful offense within head coach Kyle Shanahan’s system?
Absolutely. The bulk of Garoppolo’s 2019 regular-season efforts proved that.
But it also highlighted the need for Garoppolo to have a healthy and deep supporting cast around him.
That’s the idea of this four-round mock NFL Draft, which has San Francisco addressing some key offensive needs without completely overlooking the defense.
Complementary football is vital, after all, and it does involve both sides of the ball even if it’s very Jimmy G-centric.
The 49ers are officially on the clock.