It seems that the 49ers will get a quarterback sometime in this year’s draft. Even if their goal is not a long-term beginner, they still need to find enough support for Jimmy Garoppolo. In some cases, they do not choose quarterbacks, but use picks to trade. Pro Football Focus’ mock draft performed this for San Francisco.
In this PFF simulation, after the Dolphins selected Justin Fields of Ohio State University with the third overall pick from the Texans in the Rayleigh Tonsil trade, the 49ers ranked second. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa gave Miami the 12th draft pick.
This is not a remote acquisition. The simulation game has 3 quarterbacks in the first three choices, and 5 quarterbacks in the first 9 choices. Taking into account the enthusiasm of the 49ers, if they are extremely competitive in the early draft, it is difficult to see them part ways with a large amount of selection funds and seize the signal sender.
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However, there is a big question mark around whether Tagovailoa is the caller of their willingness to spend the No. 12 pick. As a rookie this season, he beat the Dolphins 6-3 in nine games. His performance was not outstanding, with a 64.1% completion rate, 6.3 yards per attempt, 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. There is also the fact that he has repeatedly served as a substitute player Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Dolphins have put their support behind Tagovailoa and his future development, but it is easy to see that the 49ers may be cautiously undertaking this project as they prepare to compete in the Super Bowl.