49ers NFL Draft: 4 can’t-miss prospects to target at No. 3 overall

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49ers Can’t-Miss Prospect No. 2: Quarterback Justin Fields

If Zach Wilson ends up going to the Jets at No. 2 overall, another signal-caller the 49ers could grab with the very next pick is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Fields has something a lot of Niners fans have been wanting: the ability to deliver the deep ball, which is something Jimmy Garoppolo struggled to do with any sort of regularity since taking over starting duties in 2017.

Yes, Fields can throw the deep ball. He also can move with his legs. Over his two years with the Buckeyes, Fields rushed for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns on 218 carries.

Those dual-threat tendencies highlight why Fields could be special at the NFL level, especially when combined with his 70.2 completion percentage last year with 22 passing touchdowns against six interceptions despite Ohio State not boasting nearly enough receiving weapons for him.

Considering the league’s trend to more athletic quarterbacks, imagine placing that in Kyle Shanahan’s system. Shanahan would no longer have to rely solely on the scheme for the offense to click, as Fields could do more than enough to extend plays.

If Wilson is off the board at No. 3, the Niners would have a tough time passing on Fields.