49ers trade Jimmy Garoppolo in this 7-round mock NFL Draft
By Peter Panacy
While reports say the 49ers will hold onto Jimmy Garoppolo in 2021, this NFL Draft mock has the Niners moving on after getting the No. 3 overall pick.
There are a lot of good reasons why the San Francisco 49ers hold onto quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo despite securing the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from the Miami Dolphins.
That newly acquired pick will be used on a quarterback. But considering the Niners are in a position where they can win now, and Jimmy G has already shown he can take a team to the Super Bowl if fully healthy, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest Garoppolo spends one last season in the red and gold.
And if Garoppolo puts in a high-quality 2021 campaign, he certainly just upped his trade value for San Francisco a year from now.
This approach would afford head coach Kyle Shanahan the chance to let a rookie quarterback develop under Garoppolo for one full season instead of rushing the first-round pick into the fray prematurely. It might be necessary, too, considering Shanahan’s offense is one of the NFL’s most complex and isn’t easily learned.
But what if Garoppolo wants out now after learning the news the 49ers are no longer fully committed to him for the long run?
That’s just as much a possibility, too.
If that’s the case, the Niners’ hand might be forced, and they could look to capitalize on whatever trade value he has to net some draft picks back after sending off three high-profile picks in 2022 and 2023.
In this mock, using our favored Fanspeak mock-draft widget, San Francisco ships off Garoppolo while looking to its first selection to make an immediate impact right away.
It’s time for that No. 3 overall pick.