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The 49ers Strike First in the QB Derby of the Draft, and the Dolphins Stockpile More Picks

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The NFL Free Agency period has been open for a couple of weeks now, and there have been some doozies thus far. From J.J. Watt to the Cardinals to Curtis Samuel’s Zone Six reunion with Terry McLaurin in Washington, it’s been an offseason to watch.

The big miss to this point has been at the quarterback position, with just two veterans making significant shifts. With a stacked draft class just over a month away at this point, there has been a scramble to see which teams are buyers and which are sellers. Today, we received a bit of clarity in the form of a Schefty tweet.

And here, we, go.

This is a huge move for the Niners, and despite their assertions that Garoppolo, it almost assuredly means we will see a QB off the board with the 3rd pick. According to Schefter, San Francisco had been looking to move into the top five in recent weeks, and they have found a trade partner in Miami. With the Dolphins seemingly sticking it out with last year’s 5th overall pick Tua Tagovailoa, why not trade back to 12, and pick up a couple future first rounders in the process? But that wasn’t the end of the day for Miami, as just minutes later Schefter had another bomb ready for the timeline.

Right back into the top six Miami goes as they trade one of their newfound firsts in order to pick up the Eagles slot. This likely opens the door for the Dolphins to take one of Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, or Penei Sewell to help their young QB. It’s also a really poor decision on Philadelphia’s part in my mind, as they’re in desperate need of a top receiving talent. Nonetheless, they did pick up a future first for their efforts, and if the Eagles believe that Jalen Hurts is their guy then there’s no reason to stick in the QB derby.

Whatever you think about these moves, it’s hard not to be excited to see how the (somehow) mixed rankings placed on the quarterbacks will shake out when it comes time to draft. One thing I do know, is that plenty of teams could use a QB, and many of them will be able to find their guy as they head into the 2021 season.

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