49ers: An early look at the 5 biggest needs in the 2023 NFL draft
5 biggest draft needs No. 1: Quarterback
It’s evident, right now the 49ers do not need a quarterback. But with Brock Purdy stepping in and performing like he did, when the entire position was plagued with injury, it does shake things up a bit. And if there’s one thing that’s been proven time and time again, it’s when there’s a shake up at a particular position, it’s only a matter of time before everything changes.
Currently, the 49ers have four options at quarterback. Trey Lance is the supposed starter, Brock Purdy looks like the quarterback of the future and Jimmy Garoppolo always seems to find a way to stay on the roster. Josh Johnson probably won’t figure into the future plans of the franchise, but since he’s a viable option he stays in the discussion.
There are many ways this could play out, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, but one thing is for sure, the 49ers won’t carry two quarterbacks that are primed for a big payout. This team has too many big stars with too many big contracts already. Which means that one of the two young quarterbacks will either get traded, or the front office will cut their losses and move on.
The starter will get the big money, and the second choice will be a viable backup that plays on a bargain contract. Also, any quarterback that they draft will likely be a practice squad candidate.
Once again, it’s anyone’s guess what’ll happen moving forward, but nonetheless a shake-up is coming.