Kyle Shanahan on trading up for Trey Lance or Mac Jones

Among the intriguing angles in the wake of the 49ers’ choice of Trey Lance 3rd overall is whether the group had interest in Ohio State signal caller Justin Fields. While he was unquestionably associated with the discussion at some time, it appears the race was down to Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and Lance.

Fields was related to by some as the second-best quarterback in the class, however he moved all the method to No. 11 where the Bears traded as much as snag him.

The unusual thing with the 49ers though is that absolutely nothing coming out after the draft suggests they were ever all that thinking about Fields, a gamer Shanahan had actually formerly worked with at a quarterback camp.

Here’s Shanahan on Monday detailing their choice process on the Rich Eisen Program:

“The thing that made us so confident is we got vacation through January, unfortunately. That means you weren’t in the playoffs. So I just went down to a little beach house where I’ve got all my film and just watched quarterbacks for a month,” Shanahan informed Eisen. “And to feel the way that I did, especially about Mac (Jones), and then about Trey (Lance), and where we were at. Especially with what happened with (Matthew) Stafford and Deshaun (Watson), we knew early, ‘hey, we gotta be aggressive to make sure we get one.’ Where is that spot? We looked into all the others. We looked into the fourth pick. We looked into the fifth pick. The third one was the one that had the most chance of making a move a month in advance. And I truly believe if wouldn’t have, someone else was going to eventually, and that price was only gonna go up.”

Shanahan later on echoed something that he’d stated throughout the procedure that there were 5 gamers they were comfy with at the 12th choice, however they required to determine the one they were offered on at No. 3.

NBC Sports’ Peter King composed in his Football Early morning in America column that Shanahan and basic supervisor John Lynch didn’t formally make their choice on Lance till April 19, the day of the QB’s 2nd Pro Day.

Fields’ name didn’t show up in King’s column either.

There was an expectation entering that Fields and Lance were securely in the mix in spite of belief from popular NFL press reporters that Jones was presumed to be the choice disallowing an enormous change of mind with Shanahan. All of the fallout because the draft indicate Fields running out the running reasonably early.

It’ll be interesting to see how Fields fares in an excellent circumstance in Chicago, and what type of description, if any, Shanahan ever offers for handing down the Ohio State signal caller.

The 2017 draft and the club handing down Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes has actually been relitigated countless times. If Lance doesn’t work out and Fields masters Chicago, this will be something that continues hanging over Shanahan throughout his period in San Francisco.


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.