The 49ers are deciding to go big or go home by trading up for the third overall pick in this year’s draft. They previously had the 12th pick in the draft and just made a deal with the Dolphins to move up. The Fins, have netted greatly.
The 49ers are trading the 12th pick, a third-round pick, and a first-round pick in the 2022 and 2023 draft. I think this could be huge for the 49ers. By making this deal, this opens a whole world full of new opportunities for San Francisco in the draft this year.
But wait… there’s more. Shortly after making the move down to the 12th pick, Miami traded up with Philadelphia to grab the sixth pick. Aside from the 6th pick, Philadelphia gave up the 156th overall pick as well. Miami gave up their 12th pick, the 123rd overall pick, and their recently acquired 2022 first-round pick.
Let’s not forget that the 3rd pick given up for Miami was from the Laremy Tunsil deal back in 2019, Tunsil has netted the Fins four first-round picks after receiving the 2022 (which was just given to Philadelphia) and 2023 first- round picks.
Dolphins now have basically turned their former LT Laremy Tunsil who they traded to Houston into four first-round picks and a third-round pick. pic.twitter.com/g9nXdBi3cE
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2021
Prior to these pick swaps, it seemed like Miami was unsure about their Tua situation. Last week Miami Picked up Jacoby Brissett in free agency, giving them two decent choices at quarterback. I think they should have resigned FitzMagic, but that’s just me. Tua will need time to develop before the Dolphins are fully sold on him.
He should receive more snaps this year and this may help change the teams mind. Either way, with giving up the third pick to San Francisco, they must be deciding to hold on to Tua.
The team is also looking to add to their receiving core after snagging Will Fuller in free agency. When Miami had the third pick, many analysts had them taking LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase. If Chase is taken by their now sixth pick, they still should be able to get Jaylen Waddle, which is still a great pickup.
Other analysts including some from CBS Sports had Miami taking OT Penei Sewell. If the Dolphins decide to go this route there is a very real possibility Sewell will still be around by the 6th pick.
However you look at this, Miami just netted huge and is still sitting great in the draft. Whoever is calling these shots needs a raise.
Now we get to the 49ers. This team had a terrible season last year. They went from a 13-3 record in 2019 and Super Bowl appearance, to a 6-10 record last year. This was due to number of injuries throughout the year. Jimmy Garoppolo played just six games last year.
Star tight-end George Kittle, who was coming off two straight 1,000 yard seasons, played just eight games. Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa tore his ACL in week two last season. This team just struggled keeping their stars healthy and are looking to make another playoff run next year. If they want to do this, I suggest getting rid of Garoppolo.
Jimmy G has played one full season in his four years in San Francisco. They need to move on from the unreliable Garoppolo if they want to move forward and succeed. This third overall pick is just what they needed to make this happen.
I think it’s safe to say that the first overall pick will be Trevor Lawrence. After this, it’s entirely up for debate. Some analysts have three quarterbacks being taken in the first four picks, and this is very possible. With the 49ers third pick they may still have a shot at Zach Wilson or Justin Fields, both great picks. The team also may be looking to grab a receiver at this three spot. Maybe Ja’Marr Chase is exactly what they’re looking for.
Philadelphia may have moved down a few spots in this year’s draft, but top 15 is still full of big picks. After doing away with Carson Wentz to Indy, it seems the team feels confident enough in Jalen hurts to let him play for a year. If this doesn’t work the team picked up Joe Flacco in free agency. Philadelphia is now in dire need of better receivers after losing both Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey in the offseason. The 12th pick is a great spot and the team may still be able to snag Jaylen Waddle or Devanta Smith. Both would be good speedsters to replace Desean Jackson with. The team also received the 2022 first-round pick from Miami and this will come in handy after assessing this year’s needs.
The NFL offseason is heating up and this will be the first of many scrambling moves in the draft order. As we get closer to April 29th, things will really start to unfold.