49ers have no incentive to reveal intentions with No. 3 pick

The 49ers’ tight cover on who they intend on picking No. 3 general in this year’s draft shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

While draft experts and NFL press reporters are connecting Alabama quarterback Mac Jones to San Francisco, there’s no stout indicator or reporting from inside the 49ers’ center that suggests who the 49ers intend on picking. That’s precisely the method it need to be for a club ready to make a franchise-altering choice.

Peter King’s Football Early morning In America column on Monday suggested there are few individuals who understand who the 49ers are taking, and the ones who do understand aren’t talking.

“The leader in the clubhouse is still Alabama’s Mac Jones,” King composed. “But that’s all Jones is. Credit to Lynch and Shanahan for keeping a tight lid on their preference.”

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport informed the Rich Eisen Program that he’s not prepared to begin the draft at No. 4 yet in spite of all the Jones buzz.

Now Jones is no longer the wagering preferred with Justin Fields passing him the day of his 2nd Pro Day, and Trey Lance has actually gotten a lots of ground in the wagering market. This level of confusion and unpredictability is most likely what the 49ers choose.

While all indications indicate BYU quarterback Zach Wilson going 2nd general, there’s enough unpredictability to incentivize the 49ers to hold their cards near the vest. There’s no factor for them to tackle informing the world who they wish to take.

Initially, that unlocks to Draft Day shenanigans where they make it clear they desire Jones, however then the Jets have a change of mind and draft him. Now the club would need to do some significant troubleshooting to describe how delighted they are with the gamer they got after informing everybody they were preparing somebody else.

2nd, expect they went up due to the fact that they are fixated with Lance (simply selecting a gamer. Plug in Fields if you’d like). They’re less specific about the remainder of the quarterback class, and just wished to dispense 3 first-round choices to go up for Lance. The Falcons are sitting at No. 4 and have a lots of feelers out on Lance, and remain in a comparable circumstance to the 49ers where his lack of experience would be less of a concern.

Ought to San Francisco make it clear they don’t desire anybody however Lance, it leaves the door open for the Falcons to leap to 2 to get them given that the Jets understand who they desire will slip past the 49ers at No. 3 anyhow.

This is all a long-shot, however when it concerns the NFL draft and a choice as big as the one the 49ers are going to make, absolutely nothing can be removed the table.

The Jones buzz is simply buzz from within the league based upon presumptions and guesses. Just a handful of individuals in fact understand San Francisco’s intent, and it doesn’t appear any of them are spilling the proverbial tea. Confusion pre-draft ought to offer the 49ers their finest possibility to run out of the No. 3 area unencumbered, which is precisely how they need to desire it after making such an enormous financial investment in the choice.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.