The San Francisco 49ers look to repeat last year’s success, but this time with a Super Bowl berth. With Brock Purdy penciled in as the starter that doesn’t leave many reps left for Trey Lance. In this mock draft, the 49ers cut their losses and turn them into gains with a Lance trade on draft day.
The San Francisco 49ers have a roster full of playmakers. Those playmakers account for an explosive offense and a dominant defense.
In fact, if you look at the depth chart you’ll find Pro Bowlers and All-Pro’s at just about every position. Unfortunately, despite the talent they have across the board, injuries got the best of them last year, and their playoff hopes fell short.
So far this off-season, the 49ers have had a bit of a facelift, but where it matters the most, the right players still remain.
Currently, the 49ers don’t make a selection until the third round (99 overall.) But what if they could move up?
Last year, Brock Purdy emerged as the uncontested number one. So what if they moved Trey Lance? And, if they do whose scheme does he fit best in?
Houston Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans needs a franchise quarterback, and right now the 49ers have two.
Trey Lance cost the franchise three first-round picks, and unfortunately, the gamble hasn’t yet paid off. The 49ers could keep him and run a two-quarterback offense, but what are the odds that their offense would be a success?
The simple truth is that every day that Lance is on the roster and doesn’t improve, he loses value. If Lance is a tradable asset then the time to trade him is now.
In this mock draft, the 49ers do the inevitable. They turn the page and recoup some value by trading Trey Lance in this 4-round mock draft.
49ers 2023 mock draft with a Trey Lance trade
The 49ers make a statement on draft day by trading Trey Lance for midlevel picks
This is the trade that fifty percent of fans say will never happen, and fifty percent are afraid will happen.
When the subject of trading Lance is brought up there are two very common rebuttals: The first is that he cost the franchise three first-round picks and no trade value less than that is worthy, and the other response is that Lance hasn’t had a chance to show the world what he can do.
The only worthy reply to either one of the aforementioned gripes is that the draft is a gamble and that football is a business. In fact, football and life have one major thing in common, they both aren’t always fair. Baring that in mind, in the spirit of business, let’s keep it moving.
The war room makes a second trade and secures a top-50 pick
In a rare but satisfying twist of events, general manager John Lynch swings two trades before making a selection in the 2023 NFL Draft. After trading away quarterback Trey Lance to the Houston Texans, he packages three picks, including one he received from Houston, and trades up to get into the second round of this year’s draft. After two successful trades, Lynch has netted a second-round pick (No. 42 Overall) and a third-rounder (No. 65 Overall) for Lance.
It’s not three first-rounders, but it doesn’t matter who the 49ers trade away on draft day or any day. No one on the roster would yield a king’s ransom such as that. Without further ado.
With the 42nd pick in the NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select: